Sunderland have completed the signing of Swedish star Ola Toivonen on a season long loan from Stade Rennais. The move re-unites Toivonen, who can play both as an attacking midfielder and a a striker, with Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who coached the former when he was at PSV Eindhoven.
Advocaat has publicly hit out at Sunderland’s transfer spending in recent years, saying that “crazy spending” on “lower than adverage” players has left him handicapped in the current transfer window.
Former Tottenham and Man Utd striker Louis Saha is being linked with a move to Sunderland, after becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
Saha, 33, spent the second half of last season at Tottenham after being released by Everton, scoring three goals in five starts for the London side, but was released on a free transfer by Spurs.
Sunderland could be looking for a striker with Niklas Bendtner set to return from his loan spell from Arsenal, and the former France international would offer significant Premier League experience to Martin O’Niell’s side, having first featured in Engand with Newcastle United in 1998.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neil wants to link up with former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady according to the Daily Star but are some way off a valuation.
McGeady is currently playing in the Russian Premier League with Spartak Moscow and has made significant impression amongst his Russian counterparts, though its thought that Martin O’Neil, who gave McGeady is debut whilst at Celtic is keen to strengthen the Irish presence in his squad.
The 26-year-old is currently with the Republic of Ireland squad and has Sunderland stars John O’Shea, James McClean and Keiren Westwood as team-mates, though Spartak Moscow could play hard-ball as they value the player at £10million and he is halfway through a four year contract.