Sunderland has signed former West Bromwich Albion and Everton forward Victor Anichebe on a free transfer.
The 28-year-old Nigerian international was available on a free transfer after leaving West Brom. He’s signed a deal with Sunderland for the remainder of the season. Anichebe played under Sunderland manager David Moyes while they were both at Everton.
Anichebe left WBA after three seasons at the Hawthorns. He scored six goals in 55 league appearances for the Baggies. Prior to joining WBA, he spent seven seasons in the first team at Everton, scoring 18 goals in 131 league appearances.
Anichebe revealed that having the opportunity to work with Moyes again was a big factor in his decision to join Sunderland.
“I’m really happy to be here at a great club,” Anichebe told the club’s official 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 has made 11 appearances for the Nigerian international team and represented them at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where the lost in the final to Argentina. Anichebe is Moyes’ ninth signing since taking over for Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.