Anichebe reveals he turned down numerous offers to join Sunderland

The former West Brom man says he had a whole host of teams chasing him this summer before he decided to work with David Moyes again.

Anichebe reveals he turned down numerous offers to join Sunderland
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Sunderland forward Victor Anichebe has revealed he had a number of "crazy offers" over the summer but admitted he was keen to work with his former boss David Moyes again.

Anichebe played under Moyes for ten years when the pair were at Everton between 2003 and 2013.

Choosing Sunderland

After being released by West Brom at the end of last season, Anichebe was pursued by a number of clubs from all around the globe. The 28-year-old claims he received offers from "all kinds of places" whilst being out of contract. He also went on to say "money isn't everything", which would perhaps suggest the Nigerian forward was being touted by clubs in the Far East, who are investing heavily to increase the popularity of the sport in their country. 

Anichebe spent a decade with Moyes at Everton. Photo: Getty
Anichebe spent a decade with Moyes at Everton. Photo: Getty

Anichebe admitted that clubs in England were also after his signature, including teams in the Championship. However, the forward says at that moment in time he thought Sunderland "were a really good club"  to sign for. 

Moyes was a big factor in Anichebe deciding to join the Black Cats.

Reunited with Moyes

Scotsman Moyes was the manager who gave Anichebe his first taste of first team football over a decade ago. The striker played 118 games for Everton, scoring 18 goals during his time at the Toffees. Despite not being the most prolific of forwards, Anichebe did enough during his time at the club to ensure he would stay in the top flight once his contract was up.

Anichebe during his time at the Baggies.
Anichebe during his time at the Baggies.

Anichebe had a similarly poor record at the Baggies, where he scored 6 goals in 55 games. His career never took off at the Midlands club and he was subsequently released earlier this year.

Stalled start

Sunderland are looking light in their attacking department at present and although he was signed to take the burden off Jermain Defoe's shoulders, Anichebe is yet to make a start for his new club due to injury. 

Sunderland travel to Stoke City this weekend as they look for their first win in the league.