Report: Sunderland interested in former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper

Former Newcastle United and Hull City goalkeeper Steve Harper is reportedly on the radar of Sunderland.

Sunderland are interested in signing former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper this summer, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British newspaper that Black Cats manager Dick Advocaat wants the 40-year-old as “an extra body”.

According to The Sun, Vito Mannone wants to leave Sunderland and 21-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could be sent out on loan.

This means that a slot could open up for a goalkeeper, and Advocaat allegedly wants Harper to fill it.

Good move?

Harper is 40 years of age and was released by Hull City at the end of the 2014-15 campaign following their relegation from the Premier League to the Championship.

The Englishman has not played much over the past two years, having managed just 13 league appearances in 2013-14 and only 10 in 2014-15.

The veteran also played for Sunderland’s arch-rivals Newcastle for 20 years before moving to Hull in the summer of 2013.

Signing Harper would not be a bad move for the Black Cats, though, especially as he would be a free transfer.

Although age could be a factor, it is not as if Harper is going to play every week. The former Newcastle man will be the second-choice or the third-choice goalkeeper at the Stadium of Light next season.

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