A former Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur player is available on a free transfer.
Sunderland have terminated the contract of Louis Saha by mutual consent which means the French international is available to join any side he desires.
Saha has failed to make any impact at Sunderland this year as he couldn’t force his way into the team ahead of the favoured Steven Fletcher.
Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has confirmed Saha is free to talk to any club he wants and has even suggested that a move outside England to South Africa could be on the cards.
“As of today, we have told Louis he is free to speak to other clubs and to leave if he can fix himself up somewhere. We have come to an agreement whereby we will cancel the remainder of his contract - I have heard that there is some interest in South Africa for Louis,” O’Neill told the Shields Gazette.
It’s a little baffling as to why Saha would want to go and play football in South Africa because he remains a solid player, capable of doing a job for a top European side given the run of games.
He’s not getting any younger at 34-years-old so he is bound to be lacking some match sharpness and fitness having started only two games for the Black Cats this season and coming off of the bench on 12 different occasions.
His experience and his quality in terms of poaching goals could be vital for a side that are free to sign him up on a short term contract until the end of the season, which seems like a risk worth taking.
His experience is also key in terms of his role in the attack of a side. Everywhere he has gone, he has shown a solid ability to hold the ball up, bring others into play and score fantastic goals.
O’Neill almost sounds a little disappointed that Saha has not had more of an impact on the pitch this season with the player expecting to put in better performances than he has done.
This is something that will only improve with regular games and unfortunately, it seems Sunderland are not the club that can offer him that.
The problem is that if a top European side does now have a gamble on him, they are unlikely to play him in every game which is what he seems to want. Therefore, a move to South Africa, China, the USA, Australia or somewhere else a little less mainstream may suit him well.
His options are wide open, tell us where you think Saha will end up.