Sunderland last night confirmed the capture of Modibo Diakite on a free transfer from Italian club Lazio.
The English outfit swooped after Napoli opted against signing the centre-back on a Bosman, despite agreeing personal terms.
Diakite, who played just one game for the capital side in 2012-13 after refusing to sign a new deal, was also of interest to Fiorentina.
Sunderland are bossed by former Lazio, Milan and Juventus winger Paolo Di Canio.
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