Victor Anichebe has revealed that he turned down “crazy offers”, to sign for Sunderland on a free transfer this summer.
The Nigerian striker joined the Black Cats on a one-year deal last month, after being released by West Brom at the end of last season.
Anichebe says he was close to leaving England, but chose to stay in the Premier League.
“There were a lot of offers to go all these kinds of places, crazy offers in different countries but sometimes money is not always everything,” The Shields Gazette quoted Anichebe as saying.
“I knew about Sunderland and the manager and a couple of other English teams, there was a lot of interest in the Championship too, lower teams in the Premier League too and offers from abroad.
“Some of them were very attractive. I like travelling and experiencing new things so maybe that is something I will look forward to in future, but at this present moment in time I just thought Sunderland is a really good club.”