Sunderland have completed the £8million deal for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji
The 27-year-old defender agreed on a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and becomes David Moyes’ first signing as Sunderland boss.
Djilobodji first arrived in English football last summer with a move to Stamford Bridge signed by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in a £2.7m deal.
Djilobodji began his career in Senegal with ASC Saloum before joining French club US Senart-Moissy in October 2009.
He moved on to Nantes in 2010 and went on to make 171 appearances, scoring nine times, before joining Chelsea.
However, since joining Chelsea featured just once for the Blues, making a cameo appearance in their 4-1 League Cup victory over Walsall last September.
He was sent out on loan to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for the second half of last season, establishing himself in Viktor Skrypnyk’s team.
The Senegal international returned to west London this summer at the end of that spell, but didn’t figure in Antonio Conte’s plans for the coming campaign.
And this allowed former United manager Moyes to make his move.
And, despite his minimal impact at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have trebled their money on a player who has been capped 13 times by Senegal and appeared at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Djilobodji’s arrival could signal a Sunderland departure is in the offing, though.
Star man Lamine Kone played a crucial role in his team’s successful battle against survival after linking up with the Wearsiders in January. But he has been highly linked with a summer move to Everton as Ronald Koeman splashes the cash at Goodison Park.