Sunderland AFC has completed a club-record €16 million move for Gabon international midfielder Didier Ndong from Ligue 1 side Lorient.
Ndong, 22, joins the club on a five-year deal. He’s the seventh new signing for the club since the arrival of new manager David Moyes. Ndong made 34 league appearances for Lorient last season, scoring two goals.
“I am very proud and happy to sign for Sunderland,” Ndong told Sunderland’s official website. “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.”
Having played in Tunisia for CS Sfaxien before joining Lorient in January 2015, Ndong has been capped 18 times by Gabon since making his debut in 2012.
Sunderland sits in 16th place in the Premier League after three games with just a single point after a draw and two losses. In addition to Ndong the club recently brought in Adnan Januzaj on loan from Moyes old club Manchester United.