Soccer-Sunderland sign Italian international Giaccherini (Reuters)

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini became Sunderland’s ninth signing of the close season when the Premier League club agreed a reported 8.5-million-pound ($12.84-million) deal with Serie A champions Juventus on Tuesday. The fee and personal terms were settled last week but the deal was not finalised until after Giaccherini’s wife gave birth to daughter Caterina. Sunderland said on their website (www.safc.com) that he had signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light. …

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