Sunderland have completed the £8 million signing of Chelsea centre-back Papy Djilobodji on a four-year deal.
The 27-year-old, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, becomes David Moyes’ first signing since he took over as Black Cats manager from England boss Sam Allardyce last month.
Djilobodji joined the Blues on deadline day last summer for a fee in the region of £4 million from Nantes, but was left out of their 25-man Champions League squad and went on to make just one appearance for the west London outfit – in a League Cup tie at Walsall – before joining German outfit Werder Bremen on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
The Senegal international impressed in the Bundesliga though, making 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.
Sunderland fans will hope that Djilobodji isn’t a replacement for Lamine Kone, who has been heavily linked with a £15 million transfer to Everton in recent weeks.