Sunderland have completed the signing of Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady on a permanent deal.
The winger, who can also play at right-back, spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light from ENPPI in a deal which included an option for Sunderland to buy him outright. That clause has now been exercised and the 23-year-old has joined on a pre-arranged undisclosed fee having signed a three-year contract.
Elmohamady made 38 appearances in all competitions for the club last season, impressing initially before struggling as Sunderland slumped after Christmas.
Manager Steve Bruce told the club website today: "Ahmed has done well in his first season with the club and has shown plenty of potential. We look forward to helping him grow as a player and I think there is much more to come from him."
Meanwhile, there was still no announcement on whether Jordan Henderson's move to Liverpool had gone through. The two clubs agreed a fee yesterday, with the England U-21 international also undergoing a medical on Merseyside.