• Martin O'Neill still wants Steven Fletcher from Wolves
Louis Saha has joined Sunderland on a one-year contract and is expected to lead Martin O'Neill's attack at Arsenal on Saturday. The 34-year-old former France striker was a free agent following the conclusion of a stint with Tottenham Hotspur last season.
Saha first arrived in English football in 1999 when Ruud Gullit brought him on loan to Newcastle United from Metz and went on to play for Fulham, Manchester United and Everton.
O'Neill, who is continuing to pursue the Wolves centre-forward Steven Fletcher, is relieved to have augmented his attack in time for the new season. "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," said the Sunderland manager.
"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."
Longer term, O'Neill hopes Saha will help teach his young strikers including Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell a few tricks of the trade. The Frenchman is Sunderland's second recruit of the summer, the first being another free agent, the former Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuéllar.