By Will Butcher
Everton fans have taken to Twitter to wish former striker Victor Anichebe all the best, after he penned a 12-month deal at Premier League rivals Sunderland.
Sunderland broke the news of David Moyes’ ninth summer signing via their official website on Friday evening, which sees the former Everton manager team up with Anichebe for the second time.
The 28-year-old was available on a free transfer following his release by West Brom at the end of the 2015/16 season, after finding it difficult to break into the the Baggies first team.
— Sunderland AFC ????⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) September 2, 2016
The 11-time Nigeria international amassed an impressive 167 league and cup appearances under former Manchester United manager Moyes, scoring 26 goals for the Merseyside club.
The Toffees’ Twitter fanbase wished their former striker the best of luck at the Stadium of Light, and he could be set to face his former side on 10 September. Some fans also saw the funny side of the move.
Here are a selection of their tweets:
— Cam Melling (@RomseyCam) September 2, 2016
I am so pleased for Oumar Niasse. With Sunderland today signing Victor Anichebe he is no longer the worst striker in the league. #EFC
— Niasse’sLocker (@clu3lessrobert) September 2, 2016
Best of luck to the man mountain @VictorAnichebe . Hope he does will up in the north east . Take a jacket tho lad .
— Steamy Ste (@efcwakes) September 3, 2016
— George Wall (@Gwall91) September 3, 2016
How has Victor Anichebe spent his entire career in the Prem? League One player at best haha Sunderland win the worst signing of summer award
— Chris Holden (@ChrisHolden_94) September 3, 2016
First Moyes, now Anichebe. Bye bye Sunderland ????
— Nazrin Ervin Fidelis (@ErvinFidelis) September 3, 2016
"Hey, I just met you
And this is crazy
Score goals for sunderland
— SomeEvertonFan (@SomeEvertonFan) September 3, 2016
One fan believes that Moyes could look to bring in more of his old Everton side, after South African Steven Pienaar also made the move to Wearside this summer.
Sunderland turning in 08/09 Everton, appointing Moyes and signing Pienaar & Anichebe, wait till they sign Yobo & Yakubu in January
— josh (@j0shbraithwaite) September 3, 2016
Anichebe has a total of 186 Premier League appearances and has found the back of the net 24 times, with 17 assists.
In other Everton news, former striker Chris Sutton has had his say on the Toffees’ new owner Farhad Moshiri.