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Westwood in club search

Keeper Keiren Westwood is the latest man to leave Sunderland as head coach Gus Poyet re-shapes his squad.

The out-of-contract Republic of Ireland international, who missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, has become surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light with Vito Mannone establishing himself as number one and Oscar Ustari providing the back-up since his arrival from Almeria in January.

Westwood (29) joined the Black Cats on a free transfer from Coventry in July 2011, but managed just 24 senior appearances for the club with Simon Mignolet standing in his way for much of that time.

Mignolet’s big-money departure for Liverpool last summer opened the door once again for Westwood, who had initially established himself as Ireland’s number one in the wake of Shay Given’s international retirement.

A lack of first-team football persuaded then manager Giovanni Trapattoni to turn to Millwall’s David Forde.


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