Sunderland Sign French Striker Louis Saha

16 August 2012, 14:39

Sunderland AFC have confirmed they've signed French striker Louis Saha on a one year deal.

The 34-year old former Manchester United and Everton striker makes the move to Wearside after putting pen to paper on a one-year deal following a recent spell with Tottenham Hotspur.

The forward, who has been capped 20 times by France, has spent over a decade in the top flight of English football.

Manager Martin O'Neill expressed his delight at completing his second signing of the summer:
"Louis is a striker whose abilities have been proven at the very highest level and he brings with him a raft of experience of top flight football.

I'm sure he will be a great addition to our squad in an area that we recognise needs strengthening and I'm delighted we have been able to complete the deal ahead of our first game of the season."

Saha arrived to English football in 1999 with a loan spell at Newcastle United before making a permanent move to Fulham in 2000, where he helped the London side gain promotion to the top flight.

After four years at Craven Cottage, Sir Alex Ferguson spent £12.8m to bring the Frenchman to Old Trafford in 2004 where he collected a Champions League medal, two Premier League titles and the League Cup.

The striker then made the move to Merseyside in 2008, where he spent four years with Everton before signing a short term deal with Tottenham Hotspur.

LOUIS SAHA FACTFILE
Born: Paris (FRA) 08/08/1978 (aged 34)
Position: Striker
Nationality: France
Height: 184cm

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