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Thursday, 28 June, 2001, 06:39 GMT 07:39 UK
Sunderland grab Laslandes
Lilian Laslandes has singed a four year deal witrh the club
Lilian Laslandes has singed a four year deal witrh the club
Sunderland have signed French international striker Lilian Laslandes in a 3.6m deal.

The 29-year-old Bordeaux marksman has penned a four-year contract after five seasons with the French First Division club.

He said: "I think it will be a great experience to play for Sunderland and I hope to be very successful.

"I chose Sunderland because I think it is a great club with a good team and a beautiful stadium.


I am very ambitious and I am looking forward to playing for Sunderland
  Lilian Laslandes
"I wanted to play English football and have followed the Premiership on the television.

"I am very ambitious and I am looking forward to playing for Sunderland."

Manager Peter Reid said: "Lilian is an excellent player and has all of the qualities I've been looking for.

"I've watched him play on a number of occasions now. He is a proven finisher and a player I admire.

"He's a player who will hopefully add to our firepower up front.

"I think we have got a lot of excellent forwards in Niall Quinn, Kevin Phillips, Kevin Kyle, Danny Dichio and Michael Reddy and Lilian provides us with even more options."

Laslandes has been capped seven times for his country and scored three goals, and last season helped Bordeaux climb to fourth in the league.

He also won the French league and cup with former club Auxerre.

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