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Recap & Rumours: 'Keeper could replace ex-teammate at Watford; 'Dynamic winger' wanted by Lazio

Monitoring the Stadium of Light exit door this morning, could Vito Mannone replace a former teammate in the Premier League? and as Fabio Borini holidays in Greece, fresh links emerge to suggest Lazio desire him.

Arsenal v Sunderland - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

'Keeper swapsies

Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon looks to be on his way out of Vicarage Road. The 6ft 8in Romanian has only made two appearances since swapping Sunderland for Hertfordshire eighteen months ago.

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Pantilimon playing against Arsenal in the FA Cup in March
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The Hertfordshire Mercury report that the 30-year-old appears to have no future with the Hornets and will be sold this summer. Pantilimon penned a three-year deal with Watford when he signed from Sunderland in January 2016.

Reports in Romania claim 'Pants' may be a target for Anderlecht after his disappointing spell at Vicarage Road.

The big goalkeeper arrived in Sunderland in January 2014 on a free transfer after he departed Manchester City. He joined the Black Cats to provide first team competition for Vito Mannone after Kieren Westwood left the Stadium of Light.

Pantilimon and Mannone enjoyed a decent tussle for the goalkeeping jersey with the Romanian making 49 appearances for Sunderland.

And perhaps he will be replaced at Watford by his former teammate. Mannone has been linked with a move to the Hornets in recent weeks and looks odds-on to depart the Stadium of Light this summer.

Or at least so it has been widely assumed. Mannone appeared to say goodbye to the Sunderland fans at the last home game of the season against Swansea.

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Mannone's final farewell to Sunderland? Pictured here with Jermain Defoe at the end of the last game of the season
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

But with David Moyes now long gone and an opportunity likely to present itself to reclaim his no.1 jersey if/when Jordan Pickford is sold, could Mannone have a change of heart and stay on at Sunderland?


Fabio Borini's summer pursuits

Sunderland forward Fabio Borini is currently holidaying with his wife Erin in Greece. The 26-year-old uploaded a picture of him and the missus onto social media visiting the hot springs in resort Santorini a couple of days ago.

Holidaying with the Borini's

And after being linked with Celtic, Napoli and Bologna, reports in Italy have today suggested he will be a target for Lazio this summer.

Sky Italia have this morning claimed Borini could be a replacement for Senegal forward Keita Balde Dio who is being linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.

After Borini arrived on these shores as a promising striker, he looks likely to depart as a 'dynamic winger' - as Sky now describe him.

Reporter Gianluca Di Marzio suggests contact has already been established between Borini's agent, Roberto De Fanti, and the Roman club, but talks are at an early stage:

Many teams are after the dynamic winger, and nothing has yet to be agreed to.

Borini endured a torrid time in what looks to have been his final season at Sunderland. After a lengthy lay-off at the start of the campaign, the Italian returned to the starting eleven and barely put in a single decent showing in his 24 outings in the Premier League - A 2 goal return suitably summing up his annus horribilis.

But if you're suitably over Borini's disappointing season and feel ready to submerge yourself in his life again, why not check out this glossy shoot of his sumptuous holiday home in Ibiza.

The Borinis escape from their troubles in England to a villa boasting three floors, two terraces, a sea view and a garden with a pool.

Casa Borini

Snr Borini is naturally pleased as punch with his holiday retreat:

He has not left anything to chance. Thus, the house has a fully automated lighting, heating and ventilation system with air conditioning, underfloor heating and a complete sound system as Fabio made it clear that this was one of their technical priorities.

Dunno what's wrong with a caravan at Crimdon.