The two players were teammates at Bordeaux before Saivet’s recent move to Newcastle, and Khazri admits his former colleague’s advice played a role in him opting to join the Black Cats.
“I spoke with my friend Henri Saivet who plays for Newcastle so he knows all about Sunderland, and he said it is the best league and that the people are fantastic,” Khazri explained.
“I’m very happy to play for Sunderland. It is amazing because I wanted to play in the Premier League; for me it is the best league in Europe so I’m very excited and I can’t wait to play games."
Khazri joined Sunderland from French side Bordeaux on a four-and-a-half year deal for a reported £9 million fee, a figure quoted in the report by the Shields Gazette.
It’s an expensive outlay for Sunderland considering their position in the table, yet Sam Allardyce’s side’s January activity shows they are confident they can beat the drop come the end of the campaign.
The Tunisia international attacking midfielder was brought in with the idea of adding much-needed creativity to the team, an attribute which could help Jermain Defoe maintain his good goal scoring form.
The England international is the top scorer of any striker in the bottom six, and providing him with more ammunition could be what ultimately saves the Wearside club from the drop.
Khazri is one of five players who have moved to the Stadium of Light in January, yet the club could still make one more addition on deadline day with a full-back still very much on Allardyce’s wish-list.