Bruce: Da Silva is gold

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Steve Bruce is hoping to strike gold in the Americas again after making Paulo da Silva his second signing since becoming Sunderland manager.

The Paraguay captain, 29, has agreed a three-year deal with the Wearsiders and follows the capture of Fraizer Campbell from Manchester United.

He told "Paulo comes with a great pedigree as captain of his club and country. I've seen him play on a couple of occasions and I can tell you he's a very, very good player whose credentials are there for all to see."

Bruce has had success recruiting from Central and South America in the past, signing Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios and Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia for Wigan and selling both on at huge profit after they proved to be hits at the JJB Stadium.

And the Black Cats boss has no doubts Da Silva, who has 53 caps for Paraguay, will also adapt to the Premier League.

He added: "The lads coming from South America almost always need time to adapt and settle in but Paulo's overall pedigree is undoubted."

Bruce is adamant Da Silva will not be the last new recruit before the season kicks off.

"We're busy working away behind the scenes making sure we're ready to get in who we want to get in," Bruce added.

Meanwhile, Sunderland will go ahead with their involvement in the Amsterdam Tournament later this month after Newcastle were advised not to play their friendly against Utrecht because of fears of rival fans clashing in Holland.

Initially it looked as though Sunderland would be the ones having to rearrange their pre-season plans, with the Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen calling for them to be banned from his city's tournament which also features Ajax, Benfica and Atletico Madrid.

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