Sunderland seal shock swoop for Newcastle legend

Sunderland have signed Newcastle United legend Steve Harper until the end of the season, report BBC Sport.

‘Steve will be a positive addition to our goalkeeping stable’ announced Wearside chief Sam Allardyce.

The 40-year old stopper amassed 157 appearances over 20 years with the Magpies, becoming their longest ever serving player in 2012.

During his spell at St. James’ Park, Harper regularly acted as a backup for the likes of Pavel Srnicek, Shaka Hislop and Shay Given.

Having left in 2013 after a twenty-year spell on Tyneside, the custodian joined Hull City in an effort to find more first-team football.

He left the Tigers in May and has since been without a club, though remains a prominent figure at Newcastle United football club.

However, he has now moved to North East rivals Sunderland on a short-term deal in order to provide cover on Wearside.

The Black Cats sold Costel Pantilimon to Watford earlier this week and were keen to draft in a replacement should they suffer a crisis.

Jordan Pickford has now emerged as a real threat to Vito Mannone in the battle to earn a starting berth at the Stadium of Light.