Report: Vito Mannone frustrated by lack of starts at Sunderland

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been forced out of first team contention by the form of Costel Pantilimon.

According to the Daily Star, Vito Mannone has become frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities at Sunderland.

The Italian stopper has been forced out of the Black Cats’ first team since Costel Pantilimon arrived, and his failure to win his place back has been frustrating.

Mannone actually won Sunderland’s player of the season in the 2013/14 campaign, but Pantilimon’s form has stopped him having a consistent run of matches ever since he claimed that award.

The 27-year-old has been reserve choice for the past two campaigns, and he has reportedly grown frustrated with sitting on the bench.

As a result, Mannone is expected to look to move on from Sunderland in the January transfer window.

The Black Cats are said to be preparing to recall Jordan Pickford from his loan spell at Preston North End, to ensure that they have enough cover to cope with Mannone’s impending departure.

At the moment, it is thought that Verona are leading the chase for Mannone’s signature – with Italian source Tutto Mercato Web reporting the Serie A’s side’s interest yesterday.

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