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Valentin Roberge and Cabral join Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland

Updated: Monday, 01 Jul 2013 13:27 | Comments

Valentin Roberge celebrates after scoring a goal against Bordeaux in the Europa League
Valentin Roberge celebrates after scoring a goal against Bordeaux in the Europa League

Maritimo defender Valentin Roberge today completed his move to Sunderland.

The 25-year-old Frenchman became the latest man to join Paolo Di Canio's Wearside revolution after his contract with the Madeira club expired.

Roberge, who has signed a three-year deal, played in both Maritimo's Europa League group games against the Black Cats' derby rivals Newcastle last season.

Born in Montreuil, Roberge began his career at Guingamp before moving to Paris St Germain.

The 6ft 1in defender spent two years in Greece with Aris before sealing his move to Maritimo, where he made 32 appearances last season, in 2010.

Roberge follows youngsters Duncan Watmore and David Moberg Karlsson into the club with Di Canio making wholesale changes in both the senior and development ranks.

Basle midfielder Cabral has become the second man to formally sign for Sunderland today.

The 24-year-old midfielder, full name Adilson Tavares Varela, followed Roberge into the Stadium of Light after his contract ran down.

Cape Verde-born Switzerland Under-21 international Cabral, a defensive midfielder who can also play at the back, has signed a three-year deal.

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