Sunderland have completed the signing of Didier Ndong, for less than the predicted £17 million, but still a record fee for the club at £13.6 million.
The 22-year-old has cost Sunderland more than the £13 million paid for Asamoah Gyan.
Sunderland will be hoping to see good things from the new signing who made 46 appearances for Lorient in French Ligue 1 last season,
After completing the move, Ndong said to reporters: ‘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.’
Ndong Deal Completed, Record Transfer Fee Beaten