Striker Victor Anichebe says it was an easy decision for him to accept Sunderland boss David Moyes’ offer to work with him again.
The Nigerian had been without a club following his release by West Brom in May but has been brought in by Black Cats boss on a free transfer after the Scot was left with just one fit senior striker, Jermain Defoe, earlier this week.
With Fabio Borini facing up to three months on the sidelines with a groin injury and Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham having departed Sunderland in the summer, Moyes attempted to sign at least a couple of frontmen on Wednesday’s deadline day but he failed to add to his options up front and was forced to look at the free agent market.
Anichebe was a youth team player at Everton under Moyes and went on to make more than 130 appearances for the Goodison Park club between 2006-13, before joining West Brom, and says he’s delighted to team up with the manager again.
“I’m really happy to be here at a great club,” he told the club’s website. “I have a lot of good friends here and everyone knows that I know the manager really well.
“He brought me through as a young player and was a big factor in me coming here. I had a few options in England and Europe but the manager was a huge pull for me. He knows me inside out and I feel like he can get the best out of me.”
Anichebe could make his Sunderland debut against his old club Everton at the Stadium of Light on September 12.