ANDREA DOSSENA is relishing the prospect of a second opportunity in English football after making his debut against Sunderland five years ago.
Dossena moved to the Stadium of Light on a one-year deal last night after Sunderland agreed undisclosed terms with Italian outfit Napoli for the left-back.
The 31-year-old made 18 Premier League appearances during an 18-month stint with Liverpool before joining Napoli for £4.25million in January 2010 – his top flight bow coming in August, 2008, in the Merseysiders’ 1-0 win on Wearside.
And Dossena admits he jumped at the chance to return to England to work under Paolo Di Canio after Sunderland made a weekend approach for the services of the 10-time Italian international, who flew to the North East yesterday morning.
“My first game for Liverpool was against Sunderland and I remember the stadium; the atmosphere was amazing,” said Dossena.
“I’m very happy to come back to England and now I can start to work with an Italian manager.
“I know his kind of football, his kind of work. He works hard and tries to do his best on the pitch. It was an easy decision to come to Sunderland.
“The Premier League is the most beautiful league in the world.
“I left in 2010, but I was angry to leave this country and now I’ve come back because I think I can do my best for Sunderland.”
Dossena became Sunderland’s 14th and final signing of the summer after following compatriot Fabio Borini to the Stadium of Light before the transfer deadline.
And with such a new-look squad, Dossena admits it is crucial Sunderland quickly find some harmony, particularly after taking just a solitary point from the opening three Premier League games.
“I can see there is a great organisation here and all the staff try to do their best,” he added to the club’s website.
“We have to learn quickly what the boss wants from us. We have to work as a group, in one language and one kind of football that the boss wants.”
The deadline day’s biggest signing, meanwhile, should make his Premier League debut at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal are the visitors a week on Saturday and will have £42.4million signing Mesut Ozil in their squad.
The German international (pictured) sealed a switch from Real Madrid, joining other summer signings Yaya Sanogo, Mathieu Flamini and goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, who agreed a loan move from Palermo.
Manchester United finally sealed a £27.5million deal for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, while Everton signed up Wigan’s James McCarthy for £13million, as well as Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan deal.
Manchester City’s Gareth Barry also made the move to Goodison Park.
Liverpool confirmed the signings of France defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris St Germain, Portuguese centre-back Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea forward Victor Moses. who joins on a season-long loan.
Aston Villa made a deadline-day move for Czech Republic international striker Libor Kozak.
The 24-year-old, who stole the show in last season’s Europa League with a top-scoring 10 goals, has signed a four-year contract.
Fulham completed the signing of defender Elsad Zverotic from Young Boys, with the Montenegro international signing an initial two-year deal at Craven Cottage.
Hull boss Steve Bruce sealed the signing of Egypt striker Gedo on a season-long loan from Al Ahly. The move sees the 28-year-old return to the KC Stadium for a second stint after impressing with five goals in 12 games after joining on a loan deal during the second half of last season.
Newcastle United finished bottom of the Premier League’s spending table, with no deadline day signings.
Newcastle’s only acquisitions this summer are £2m loanee Loic Remy on a year-long loan, and 17-year-old midfielder Olivier Kemen, who joined from Metz for an undisclosed fee.
H Middlesbrough signed 29-year-old Sierra Leone international striker Kei Kamara, who has been playing in the United States with Sporting Kansas.