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Sunderland boss 'not impressed' with shisha photo

Moyes is a not a fan of the shisha pipe. Credit: PA

Sunderland boss David Moyes is "not impressed" after defender Patrick van Aanholt was photographed apparently smoking a shisha pipe.

The 26-year-old Dutchman woke on Friday morning to see the pictures in a national newspaper just days after he was withdrawn from the team to face Tottenham because of a heart scare.

Moyes was less than impressed and has spoken to the player about his off-the-field activities, and while the incident took place during the closed-season, he is not expecting a repeat.

The Scot said: "I don't expect a player to do that, I don't expect a player playing for me to do that. I have had a word with him. I am not impressed.

"But I have got to also say it's a picture that comes out maybe six weeks ago, it was in his off-time, it wasn't during the season.

"But just let me make sure, in no way do I condone it at all. I think it's a bad thing for us to show our younger children and for supporters who follow the players. I don't think it's a good thing, I don't think it's a good thing at all."

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Sunderland sign free agent Victor Anichebe

Anichebe had been without a club since being released by West Brom. Credit: PA

Sunderland have signed striker Victor Anichebe on a deal until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Nigerian has been without a club following his release by West Brom in May.

Black Cats boss David Moyes has taken action after being left with just one senior striker, Jermain Defoe, on the books of the Wearside club.

With Fabio Borini facing up to three months on the sidelines with a groin injury and Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham having departed Sunderland in the summer, Moyes has moved for a player he knows well.

Anichebe was a youth-team player at Everton under Moyes and went on to make more than 130 appearances for the Goodison Park club, before joining West Brom.

Borini's misfortune has left Moyes with just one senior frontman, 33-year-old Defoe.

However, youngsters Duncan Watmore and Joel Asoro, who is just 17, can also be called upon after Moyes' search for reinforcements during the transfer window ended in frustration.

Sunderland striker ruled out for up to three months

Borini will not play again until at least December. Credit: PA

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is facing up to three months on the sidelines after tearing his groin on his comeback from a toe injury.

Press Association Sport understands the 25-year-old Italian tore an adductor muscle while taking a free-kick during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Southampton, his first appearance since the opening day of the campaign.

Although the injury is a major blow, Sunderland have allayed fears the Italian could miss as many as six months, and remain hopeful he will be back in fewer than three.

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Mannone: Sunderland need EFL Cup for confidence

Mannone hopes Sunderland can turn their season around. Credit: PA

Vito Mannone is urging Sunderland to use the EFL Cup to belatedly launch their season before it spirals out of control.

The 28-year-old Italian keeper is a veteran of the club's 2013-14 League Cup campaign, which saw them defeat Manchester United in the semi-finals before losing to Manchester City at Wembley in the midst of a remarkable surge to Premier League safety under then manager Gus Poyet.

Three seasons on, the Black Cats welcome Shrewsbury to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening in a state of flux once again with new boss David Moyes attempting to steer the club through a pointless start to the new season while at the same time attempting to negotiate a difficult transfer window and an early injury crisis.

Mannone said:

I was very, very happy with what we did in that cup run. I think it has stuck with the fans and with me, that Old Trafford night and making the final.

It's an important competition where, from my experience, we started to play well. It was like a kind of training for the league, so it builds your confidence, it gives games to most of the boys in the team and if you do well, you do well in the league.

We need to treat it like this, as a competitive game, as a league game again because we need to win on Wednesday if we want to win on Saturday. You can't do badly on Wednesday and do perfectly on Saturday.

– Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone

O'Shea convinced Sunderland have the right manager

O'Shea is happy with the arrival of David Moyes. Credit: PA

Sunderland defender John O'Shea is convinced the club have made the right appointment by bringing in David Moyes to replace Sam Allardyce.

With the Black Cats' former boss leaving for the England job Moyes was the first choice to take over.

O'Shea, after his Euro 2016 exploits with the Republic of Ireland, joined up with his team-mates last Sunday - the day after Moyes was appointed - as they headed off to their French training camp.

The Scot has had little time to implement major changes but O'Shea is impressed by the former Everton and Manchester United boss.

He told safc.com:

The new manager has a fantastic pedigree and I saw a stat that he's third or fourth highest in terms of all-time Premier League wins, so we have a manager who knows how to win football matches.

I've had very tough games against his teams in the past and although he hasn't had much time with the group yet he's been getting his ideas across.

– Sunderland defender John O'Shea

Moyes excited about 'continuing' Big Sam's 'good work'

Moyes is excited about his return to the Premier League with Sunderland. Credit: PA

David Moyes is relishing the chance to succeed new England manager Sam Allardyce at Sunderland and return to the Premier League.

Allardyce was confirmed as Roy Hodgson's successor with the national team on Friday, leaving a Premier League vacancy at the Stadium of Light.

A statement published on Sunderland's official website on Saturday morning revealed former Manchester United manager Moyes, 53, has arrived on Wearside on a four-year contract.

Moyes said on www.safc.com:

I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity.

I have taken over a big British club with a great support and I'm looking forward to working in the Premier League again. I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam.

– Sunderland manager David Moyes
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