Louis Saha

Saha looking to write new chapter

by Stuart Vose

Striker setting sights high.

New signing Louis Saha can't wait to get his Sunderland career under way.

The vastly-experienced 34-year-old forward penned a one-year deal on Thursday and is likely to go straight into the squad to face Arsenal on Saturday.

Saha split time between Everton and Spurs last season, joining the latter on a free transfer in the January transfer window.

He has scored more than 150 senior goals and is looking forward to adding to that tally under the direction of Martin O'Neill.

"This is a great opportunity; I'm really pleased with the chance to play for such a great club," said Saha, who is O'Neill's second summer signing after Carlos Cuellar.

"I'm delighted and obviously I'm looking forward to start playing for the team.

"The club has very passionate fans, they really look to help the team and there are many things to achieve. So I'm delighted with the choice and the opportunity to play for such a great football club.

"Martin O'Neill has great experience and done great since taking over as manager. It's a great chance to play under him and I hope to help the side to achieve something."

Saha has been a regular opponent of the Black Cats over the years and says he has witnessed first-hand how intimidating the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light can be for opposing teams.

He added: "There's unbelievable passion here at the club and the fans are amazing. I've been playing against Sunderland for a few years and I know how hard it is to play against the club.

"So it's nice to be in the camp and make sure we make the Stadium of Light a very hard place to come to.

"This is a great opportunity for me and I'm very excited to be here."