Sunderland have completed the signing of West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand for an undisclosed fee.
Ferdinand, the younger brother of Manchester United and England defender Rio, agreed a four-year deal with the Premier League club and becomes Roy Keane’s ninth signing since the end of last season.
“We needed to strengthen our defence and Anton is a great signing,” Sunderland manager Roy Keane told his club’s website.
“He’ll bring quality and competition for places which is what we want, hopefully we can take him to another level here at Sunderland.
“He has come through the ranks at West ham and maybe just needs a change.”
England Under-21 centre-back Ferdinand admitted it was a tough decision to leave Upton Park after spending so long at the London club.
“It was hard leaving West Ham because I have been there for 16 years but after meeting Roy Keane I knew it was time for a change,” Ferdinand said.
“This is a great challenge for me and I feel it is an exciting time at Sunderland. I think the move will do me good.”