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Thursday 16 August 2012

Sunderland land 'experienced' Saha

The former Fulham, Manchester United and Everton striker makes move to the North East

Louis Saha scored three goals in five League appearances for Tottenham last season

Sunderland have strengthened their strike force by completing the signing of Louis Saha.

The 34-year-old Frenchman, who has arrived on a free transfer after leaving Tottenham Hotspur this summer, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the Barclays Premier League side.

"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," Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill told the club's official website.

"Louis is a striker whose abilities have been proven at the very highest level"
- Martin O'Neill

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

Saha first arrived in the Barclays Premier League when he spent a spell on loan at Newcastle United in 1999.

The striker left Metz to return to England the following year when he signed for  Fulham, where he scored 53 goals in 100 League matches during three-and-a-half seasons at Craven Cottage.

United success

His goalscoring prompted Manchester United to come calling in January 2004 and Saha helped Sir Alex Ferguson's side claim back-to-back Barclays Premier League titles in 2006/07 and 2007/08 as well as the 2006 League Cup and the UEFA Champions League in 2008.

Saha, who has scored four goals in 20 appearances for France, joined Everton the following season and spent another three-and-half seasons at Goodison Park.

The Frenchman's most memorable contribution at Everton came when he produced the fastest goal in an FA Cup final, scoring after just 25 seconds, in the club's 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.

Saha scored three goals in ten League appearances for Tottenham after joining from Everton on a free transfer in January this year.

Sunderland will have the striker available for the trip to Arsenal in their opening match of the new campaign this Saturday.

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Key Points

  • Striker Louis Saha agrees one-year deal with Sunderland
  • The 34-year-old is second summer signing by Martin O'Neill
  • O'Neill lauds Saha's class and experience