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Sunderland sign versatile Tainio

Teemu Tainio
Tainio is one of four Spurs players targeted by Black Cats boss Keane

Sunderland have announced the signing of Tottenham midfielder Teemu Tainio.

The Finnish international, 28, has penned a three-year contract and is Roy Keane's first summer signing.

"Teemu has showed versatility, playing in different midfield positions for both Tottenham and his previous club, Auxerre," said Black Cats boss Keane.

"But his experience in particular and the fact he has played more than 40 international games shows he has a lot to offer Sunderland."

Keane is also reportedly interested in adding three more Spurs players to his squad.

Steed Malbranque, Younes Kaboul and Pascal Chimbonda have all been linked with a move to the North East as Keane looks to strengthen his side.

Tainio joined Tottenham in 2005 and played in 83 League and Cup matches in his three seasons at White Hart Lane.

see also
Keane expects transfer activity
21 Jul 08 |  Sunderland
Striker Jones facing long lay-off
17 Jul 08 |  Sunderland
Chimbonda close to new Spurs deal
16 Oct 07 |  Tottenham
Ferguson 'embarrassed' for Spurs
19 Jul 08 |  Man Utd
Tottenham complete Chimbonda deal
31 Aug 06 |  Tottenham

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