Sunderland sign Toivonen on loan

Sunderland have announced the signing of Swedish forward Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan deal from French side Rennes.

The 29-year-old moved to Ligue 1 in 2014 and bagged 14 goals in 46 league appearances for Rennes, having previously made over 100 appearances for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. He also has nine goals in 43 caps for Sweden.

"I worked with Dick Advocaat for one year at PSV and we came along very well so I'm excited to work together again," he told his new club's official website.

"I've played in the Swedish, the Dutch and the French league but I've saved the best, so I'm very happy and very excited to play in the Barclays Premier League; it is going to be a fantastic experience."

"I worked with Ola at PSV so I know him well," added manager Dick Advocaat. "He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air – he will bring something different to the team."

Toivonen could make his Premier League debut as early as Saturday, when the Black Cats face Aston Villa at Villa Park.