Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Roberge completes Sunderland deal

Paulo Di Canio, pictured, has reinforced Sunderland's defence by signing Valentin Roberge

Maritimo defender Valentin Roberge has completed his move to Sunderland.

The 25-year-old Frenchman became the latest man to join Paolo Di Canio's Wearside revolution after his contract with the Madeira club expired.

Roberge, who has signed a three-year deal, played in both Maritimo's Europa League group games against the Black Cats' derby rivals Newcastle last season.

Born in Montreuil, Roberge began his career at Guingamp before moving to Paris St-Germain.

The 6ft 1in defender spent two years in Greece with Aris before sealing his move to Maritimo in 2010. He made 32 appearances for the club last season.

Roberge follows youngsters Duncan Watmore and David Moberg Karlsson into the club with Di Canio making wholesale changes in both the senior and development ranks.

Basle midfielder Cabral became the second man to formally sign for Sunderland on Monday. The 24-year-old midfielder, full name Adilson Tavares Varela, followed Roberge into the Stadium of Light after his contract ran down.

Cape Verde-born Switzerland Under-21 international Cabral, a defensive midfielder who can also play at the back, has signed a three-year deal.

Modibo Diakite completed a trio of arrivals at Sunderland after sealing his switch from Lazio.

The out-of-contract 26-year-old French central defender has signed a three-year deal and will help to plug the gap left by the departing Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon.

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