Sunderland have announced the signing of Didier Ndong from Lorient on a five-year-deal for 16million euros.
Sunderland manager David Moyes was desperate to add reinforcements to his midfield before the 11pm deadline, having seen a deal for Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra collapse late on.
The Scottish tactician has had his wish granted after managing to get a deal for Ndong, who is a Gabon international, over the line after paying £13.6m – the highest initial fee the club has ever paid for a player.
The 22-year-old has been a regular fixture in Lorient’s first team since joining in January 2015, making 46 Ligue 1 appearances and producing a number of consistent performances.
Speaking about 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.
“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.”
Ndong becomes the seventh new arrival at the club this summer and there are more deals reportedly in the pipeline.