safc.com profile three players to play for both clubs.
Steed Malbranque made 112 appearances for the Black Cats in a three-year stay on Wearside between 2008 and 2011.
The Belgian-born midfielder was key part of Steve Bruce’s side that finished tenth in the Barclays Premier League, Sunderland’s highest finish since 2001.
Steed joined Fulham in 2001 in his first venture into English football and he became a fans’ favorite at Craven Cottage making 211 appearances and scoring 44 goals.
Former Sunderland captain Kevin Ball made 388 appearances for the Black Cats in a spell that spanned nine years.
He won two Division One titles in his time on Wearside as well as being part of the squad that reached the 1992 FA Cup Final.
Now, Senior Professional Development Coach at Sunderland, Ball is 12th on the all-time appearance list for the Black Cats.
Ball won the Black Cats’ Player of the Season award in the 1996-97 season before moving on to a brief spell at Fulham, where he made 18 appearances, towards the end of his career.
Saha joined Fulham from Metz in 2000 and went on to become one of the best players to play for the Cottagers in the modern era.
In his four years at Craven Cottage the Frenchman made 142 appearances and scored 63 goals before he sealed a move to Manchester United.
After starring for the Red Devils, Everton and Spurs, Saha joined Sunderland ahead of the 2012-13 campaign and made 14 appearances before leaving for Lazio in January.
Saha announced his retirement in August after making three appearances in his time in Italy.