Sunderland have announced the signing of Norwegian Leo Hjelde.
The defender joins from Championship rivals Leeds United for a reported £2million on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
On the club website, Hjelde says: “It feels great to be here and I’m grateful for the opportunity.
"I spoke to my dad, who showed me the size of the club and the support, and I knew it was a move I simply couldn’t turn down.
"I’m a ball-playing centre back, or left back, and I like to get up and down the pitch.
I’ve been at some big Clubs previously and this has helped me develop as a player and as a person, but I’m now ready to push on and take the next step.”
Sunderland's sporting director Kristjaan Speakman added: “We’re really pleased to have acquired Leo on a permanent basis, as he’s a player we’ve admired for some time.
He possesses the ability to play three different positions in our backline, depending on the formation, and he joins us having already experienced the EFL Championship.
We hope this will allow him to hit the ground running and help our team throughout the next 16 games, whilst also bringing added strength our squad in the long term.”