Keane signs Colgan on one-year deal

 

Sunderland boss Roy Keane has strengthened his goalkeeping options by signing Republic of Ireland international Nick Colgan.


Colgan, who was released by Ipswich this summer, is a surprise acquisition as Keane already has Craig Gordon, Darren Ward and Marton Fulop on his books.

But the 34-year-old has signed a one-year deal with Sunderland, who become Colgan's 13th league club in England and Scotland following a move to Chelsea from Drogheda United in 1991.

"It's a huge challenge I'm really looking forward to," said Colgan on the club's official website, www.safc.com.

"I got the call from the gaffer and he gave me 24 hours to think about it, but I think it took me about 24 seconds to decide!

"He told me he wants to carry a good squad of goalkeepers and it's my job to bring my experience to the other keepers and to add some pressure on them and keep them on their toes."

Sunderland's raid on Tottenham's fringe players is set to continue today after Teemu Tainio became Keane's first summer signing.

The 28-year-old Finland midfielder completed his move from White Hart Lane last night after signing a three-year deal.

Keane said: "I'm delighted to sign a player of Teemu's experience and quality, he'll be a valuable addition to our squad.

"Teemu has showed versatility, playing in different midfield positions for both Tottenham and his previous club, Auxerre.

"But his experience in particular and the fact he has played more than 40 international games shows he has a lot to offer Sunderland."

Tainio was set to be joined on Wearside today by Pascal Chimbonda, with Spurs team-mates Steed Malbranque and Younes Kaboul expected to follow.

Kaboul is expected to undergo a medical at Sunderland tomorrow. The 22-year-old centre-back is understood to have agreed personal terms to join Roy Keane's side, marking a dramatic turnaround after his agent insisted earlier in the week he would not be signing for the Wearside club.

Sunderland have agreed fees for the other two players, with personal terms and medicals the only stumbling blocks remaining.

Versatile midfielder Tainio and full-back Chimbonda have both revealed how impressed they were with Keane at the weekend.

Chairman Niall Quinn and chief executive Peter Walker have managed to push through the first of the deals ahead of Keane's return with his squad from their pre-season camp in Portugal today.