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Black Cats snap up Saha

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Louis Saha has signed a one-year deal at the Stadium of Light © Getty Images
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Former Tottenham and Everton striker Louis Saha, has signed a one-year deal with Sunderland.

Saha, 34, was a free agent after leaving Spurs, and confirmed on Thursday via his Twitter account that he was in discussions with the Wearside club.

The Paris-born striker is available for selection for Sunderland's trip to Emirates Stadium this weekend and is likely to go straight into the travelling squad.

Speaking to the club's official website, manager Martin O'Neill said: "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 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 has spent the majority of his career England having first joined Sunderland's rivals Newcastle on loan from Metz in 1999.

He returned to Metz before signing for Fulham in 2000. After four years with the Cottagers, he then moved north to Manchester United in a deal worth £12.8 million.

The transfer represents a relative breakthrough for Sunderland, who have been frustrated in their attempts to add a striker following the departure of Asamoah Gyan and the Nicklas Bendtner's return to Arsenal.

Despite the deal, Saha's arrival will not end Martin O'Neill's search for strikers as his pursuit of Wolves' forward Steven Fletcher still unresolved.

This week saw a £12 million bid for the former Burnley frontman rejected, with Wolves releasing a statement requested a conclusion to the pursuit as they prepare for life in the Championship.

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