Sunderland has completed the signing of midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini from Italian champions Juventus.
The 28-year-old Italy international has signed a four-year deal with Paolo Di Canio’s side. Juventus have announced the fee involved as £6.5m.
He played at Euro 2012- where the Italians finished runners-up- and this summer’s Confederations Cup, scoring in Italy’s 4-2 defeat by Brazil.
Giacherini signed for Juventus in August 2011 and made 40 appearances, winning the Scudeto twice in the space.
He has been capped 14 times for his country and scored the fastest ever goal in Italian team history last month when he found the net after only 19 seconds of a friendly against Haiti, which ended 2-2.
He will be Di Canio’s eighth signing of the summer.