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DONE DEAL: Free Agent Louis Saha Joins Sunderland

Frenchman could face Arsenal on Saturday.

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Sunderland have completed the signing of veteran stiker Louis Saha.

The 34-year-old was a free agent after being released by Spurs in June and has agreed a one-year deal at the Stadium of Light, on a reported wage of £40,000 per week.

The striker could make his debut in Saturday’s Premier League opener against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, where he scored for Tottenham last season.

Manager Martin O’Neill told Sunderland’s official website: “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.”

Journeyman Saha also counts Newcastle, Fulham and Manchester United among his former employers and joins a growing ex-United contingent on Wearside that includes Kieran Richardson, Wes Brown and John O’Shea.

“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 the deal ahead of our first game of the season,” added O’Neill.

It is understood that the Black Cats boss still hopes to add Wolves’ Steven Fletcher to his squad before the end of the month but saw a £14m offer rebuffed by Wanderers on Wednesday.

Sunderland have lost both Asamoah Gyan and Niklas Bendtner this summer, leaving them short of goal-scorers ahead of the new season.

Saha has bee plagued by injures throughout his career but showed glimpses of form during his six month spell at White Hart Lane, scoring 3 times and forming a solid partnership with Emmanuel Adebayor.


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