Diakite move confirmed

by Stuart Vose

Di Canio adds powerful defender.

Sunderland have officially confirmed the signing of strong defender Modibo Diakite.

Paolo Di Canio’s side have secured the highly sought after 26-year-old on a three-year contract after his deal with Italian giants Lazio expired.

The 6’4” centre-back hails from Bourg-le-Reine in France and is a former team-mate of Di Canio during the Sunderland head coach’s time at Lazio late in his playing career.

Diakite began his career in Italy with Pescara before moving to the capital to join Lazio in 2006.

The defender spent seven seasons with the Biancazzurri, winning the Coppa Italia with the club in 2008-09.

Altogether he made 88 appearances for the club.