Djibril Cisse's move to Sunderland on a season-long loan from Marseille was officially signed and sealed today. The France striker, 27, has joined the Premier League club with a view to a permanent transfer, which will actualise if manager Roy Keane is impressed by the former Liverpool player.
"This signing shows our ambitions and intentions," Keane told Sunderland's official website. "We're delighted with the new faces we've brought in, we've been working hard 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. He is known for scoring them as well as creating them."
Cisse, who scored 21 goals in 47 matches in all competitions for Marseille last season, could make his debut at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
"I'm really pleased to join a good club with good players," he said. "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."
Sunderland have also announced the capture of Fulham striker David Healy for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old arrives at the Stadium of Light on a three-year deal and becomes Keane's sixth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Cisse, Teemu Tainio, Pascal Chimbonda, Steed Malbranque and El-Hadji Diouf.