Sunderland have broken their transfer record after completing the signing of Didier N’dong for a fee of £16 million, as reported by Sky Sports.
N’dong joins Sunderland from Ligue 1 outfit Lorient and the Gabon international is already at his new club completing a medical.
The 22-year-old made 46 appearances for Les Merlus, joining them from Tunisian powerhouse CS Sfaxien in 2015.
It is expected the Black Cats will utilise N’dong’s in a defensive midfield role.
Renowned as a robust tackler, the midfielder does have an issue with on-field discipline, picking up 11 yellow cards in the previous campaign.
David Moyes identified the middle of the park as an area that needs strengthening and this signing could prove to be an important one if Sunderland are to avoid relegation this season.