Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of the Gabon international Didier Ndong from French side Lorient, for a fee of 16 million euros.
Ndong joins the Black Cats on a five-year deal, becoming manager David Moyes’ seventh arrival of the summer.
The highly sought-after 22-year-old arrives on Wearside having made 46 appearances for the Ligue 1 team since joining them in January 2015.
Speaking after the completion of his move, Ndong said: “I am very proud and happy to sign for Sunderland. This is a new adventure for me and to play in the Premier League is a dream come true.
“Maybe the Sunderland fans don’t know me yet, but I promise that they will quickly discover that I will give everything for them and the club. It will be an honour to wear the Sunderland shirt and I will wear it with a true understanding of what it means.
“I am excited to meet everyone at the club, to see the stadium and of course the fans, who I have heard so many good things about. Today is the most beautiful day of my life.”
A right-footed central midfielder, the talented young player began his career at Tunisian outfit CS Sfaxien, where he made 40 appearances for the club before signing for Lorient.
He has also been a mainstay in the Gabon side in recent years, with 18 caps for his country after making his debut for the national team in 2012.