Louis Saha excited by Lazio deal

Louis Saha.
Louis Saha.
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FORMER Sunderland striker Louis Saha has penned a short-term outfit with Italian Serie A outfit Lazio.

Sunderland confirmed on transfer deadline day that Saha had formally parted ties with the club, although the final six months of the 34-year-old’s contract were effectively terminated a fortnight earlier.

Saha had grown frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under Martin O’Neill and it was thought that the ex-Manchester United frontman would wind down his career outside of Europe.

But Lazio have now moved to offer Saha a contract until the end of the season after seeing German forward Miroslav Klose ruled out for two months with a knee injury.

Saha (pictured), who was unveiled to the Italian media last night, said: “I am very happy to be here at this big club.

“I have found a great group and working with them will be a real pleasure for me. I want to give my best. I am here to help the team during this injury and I’m happy to do it.

“This is a great team and a great country.

“I’m still very competitive, it just happens that sometimes things go well, sometimes not.

“But football is a very important part of my life and I am happy to do this job.”

Saha penned a one-year contract with Sunderland last summer after his release by Spurs, but failed to start a Premier League game for the Black Cats, although he did make 11 appearances from the bench.

After growing increasingly disenchanted with his role on Wearside, O’Neill agreed to let the Frenchman depart and he had been in talks with South African club Bidvest Wits, while there was also interest from Asia and America’s MLS.