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Sunderland complete Da Silva deal

Paulo da Silva
Da Silva's Paraguay are on course for the 2010 World Cup finals

Sunderland have signed Paraguay captain Paulo da Silva on a three-year deal.

The defender, 29, has played more than 50 times for his country and is predominantly a right-sided defender who normally plays in central defence.

He joins from Mexican side Toluca where he was also captain and has previously played football in Europe with Perugia and Venezia in Italy.

Da Silva is new boss Steve Bruce's second signing following Fraizer Campbell's arrival over the weekend.

Bruce said: "I'm delighted to have signed a player of Paulo's experience.

"He is captain of his country and has played at the highest level in South America, so he will bring leadership qualities to our side."

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