imageLONDON: Sunderland have signed the Gabon international midfielder Didier Ndong from French side Lorient, for a fee of 16 million euros ($17.80 million), the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

The fee is a club record and he becomes the seventh new signing by manager David Moyes, who succeeded Sam Allardyce last month.

“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," Ndong told the club's website ( “Today is the most beautiful day of my life."

The 22-year-old has 18 caps for Gabon.

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