Sunderland have broken their transfer record to sign Lorient midfielder Didier Ndong on a five-year deal.
The Black Cats have paid £13.6million to land the Gabon international, beating the £13million they splashed on Asamoah Gyan.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 22-year-old 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.”
Didier Ndong was rated as “the new Michael Essien” at Lorient. Interesting to see if he does as well in the Premier League…
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) August 31, 2016