Sunderland Complete Signing of Premier League Striker

Sunderland have completed their third signing of the January transfer window. Premier League striker Joe Gelhardt has signed on loan for the rest of the season. The news was announced via the club’s official website According to the Sunderland Echo, the Black Cats beat a host of other clubs to win the race for the Leeds United young star.

Gelhardt follows France Under-21 international winger Isaac Lihadji and France youth international midfielder Pierre Ekwah who signed permanent deals from LOSC Lille and West Ham United respectively.

Premier League Striker Joe Gelhardt Signs for Sunderland

A Deal That Benefits All

This is a deal that should benefit all concerned. Sunderland were in need of a new striker having only Ross Stewart and Leeds United want the player to gain regular and valuable first-team experience. Sunderland’s reputation for developing young players will have also appealed to both Leeds and Gelhardt.

With the Black Cats battling in the top half of the Championship and just three points from third position, 20-year-old Gelhardt could benefit immensely from the experience of pushing for the playoffs, Sunderland’s attacking style of play and performing in front of 40,000 fans on a regular basis.

Gelhardt Talks About Move to Wearside

Joe Gelhardt gave his first interview as a Sunderland player to this morning. He said: “I know how big the Club is and I’m really looking forward to meeting the lads and trying to help. I spoke with the Head Coach and the playing style seemed a perfect fit for me. I’ve watched Sunderland on the TV this season and seen some positive, attacking football and I can’t wait to get involved.”

Tony Mowbray on Signing Premier League Striker Joe Gelhardt

Tony Mowbray has spoken about adding striker Joe Gelhardt to his squad for the rest of the season. He said: “It is no secret that Joe had plenty of options on the table this month, so it is a testament to the Club and its staff that he felt Sunderland was the best move for him. He has made an impact at Premier League level throughout the past 18 months and he is a really exciting signing, who fits our playing style and will complement a forward line that is already packed with talent. I’m sure the fans can’t wait to see him in action and we are looking forward to supporting his development.”

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