Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunderland have signed Marseille captain and Albania midfielder Lorik Cana on a four-year contract.
The 25-year-old is manager Steve Bruce's third new signing of the summer following the arrivals of Paulo Da Silva and Fraizer Campbell.
"I'm delighted to have brought Lorik to the club, especially given the number of clubs who had expressed an interest in signing him," said Bruce.
"He brings tremendous experience both at club level and internationally."
Cana, who turns 26 on Monday, has 31 caps for Albania and captained Marseille to second place in the French league last season.
"He is a great addition to our squad," added Bruce, who is believed to have spent about £5m on Cana.
"To captain a side of Marseille's stature says a lot about the player and his character, and I'm sure he'll go on to be a fantastic signing for Sunderland."
Cana joined Marseille from Paris St Germain in 2005.