Striker David Healy joins Sunderland

LONDON Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:47pm BST

Northern Ireland's David Healy (R) celebrates at the end of the game after beating Denmark 2-1 in their Euro 2008 Group F qualifying soccer match in Belfast November 17, 2007. Healy has joined Premier League club Sunderland from Fulham for an undisclosed fee, the north-east club said on Thursday. REUTERS/Michael Cooper

Northern Ireland's David Healy (R) celebrates at the end of the game after beating Denmark 2-1 in their Euro 2008 Group F qualifying soccer match in Belfast November 17, 2007. Healy has joined Premier League club Sunderland from Fulham for an undisclosed fee, the north-east club said on Thursday.

Credit: Reuters/Michael Cooper

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LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Ireland striker David Healy has joined Premier League club Sunderland from Fulham for an undisclosed fee, the north-east club said on Thursday.

The 29-year-old, who scored a European Championship qualifying record 13 goals during the Euro 2008 campaign, has signed a three-year deal, Sunderland said on their website (www.safc.com).

France's Djibril Cisse joined the Black Cats on loan from Olympique Marseille on Wednesday and both strikers could go into the squad for Saturday's league visit to Tottenham Hotspur.

"David will be a good signing for us," said Sunderland manager Roy Keane, who was once Healy's team mate at Manchester United. "He has lots of experience at the top level and his international record is phenomenal."

Healy, who has scored 34 goals in 64 games for Northern Ireland, added: "I know Roy Keane from my Manchester United days and it's a privilege to join him at Sunderland.

"I'm well aware of the passion of the Sunderland fans, having played at the Stadium of Light a few times, and I can't wait to get going. It's an exciting move for me."

Healy, who missed a penalty in Northern Ireland's friendly against Scotland on Wednesday, joined Fulham from Leeds United last year for 1.5 million pounds ($2.80 million).

(Writing by Ken Ferris, editing by Rex Gowar)

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