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  • Founded:1879
  • Manager:Gus Poyet
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Black Cats tie up Cisse deal

22 Aug 2008 - 07:47:16

Sunderland have bolstered their strikeforce with the signing of former Liverpool frontman Djibril Cisse on a season-long loan deal from Marseille.

The 27-year-old France international will sign a permanent contract if he impresses with the Black Cats, with manager Roy Keane excited by the arrival of Cisse.

He told the club's official website: "This signing shows our ambitions and intentions.

"We're delighted with the new faces we've brought in, we've been working hard all summer to significantly improve the squad.

"The signing of Djibril shows how far this club has moved on since the end of last season. His experience will bring a lot to the squad and he will hopefully add some goals to the side."

Cisse himself added: "I'm really pleased to join a good club with good players.

"Sunderland is a club I think is going to achieve things, they have big ambitions, that's why I chose to come here. I liked what the club had to say to me."

Cisse moved to England for the first time in the summer of 2004, costing Liverpool £14million when he signed from Auxerre.

He scored 24 times in 78 appearances for the Reds, before heading back to France to link up with Marseille.

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