Ola Toivonen discusses whether he would like to stay at Sunderland permanently

Sunderland signed Toivonen on a season-long loan deal.

Toivonen agreed a temporary switch to Wearside towards the close of the transfer window, and he has told the Northern Echo that staying with the Black Cats is certainly in his thinking.

The Swedish attacker said: “Firstly it is about trying to keep Sunderland up and we will go from there. Staying at Sunderland is, of course, in my thinking but we will see. It’s a great facility. I am delighted with what I see and it will be a case of seeing how things happen.”

Toivonen agreed a season-loan deal with Sunderland, signing on loan from Ligue 1 side Rennes to link up with Dick Advocaat.

The 29-year-old is short of match fitness, but he showed flashes of excellence in his 45 minute debut, registering an assist in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa prior to the international break.

He has shown a creative spark that will bring some much needed attacking flair to the Black Cats, and it appears as if Toivonen could play a key role in keeping the Wearside club in the top flight.

If he manages such a task, it is hard to see why the Black Cats would not want to bring him in on a permanent deal at the end of the campaign, and Toivonen has admitted that he is already thinking about signing for Sunderland when the 2015/16 season ends.

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