Charlton Athletic have continued their summer recruitment, signing El-Hadji Ba from Premier League side Sunderland.
The French midfielder has joined the Addicks for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract after passing a medical on Monday, June 29.
The 22-year-old joined Sunderland from Le Havre in 2013 but went on to make only a handful of appearances for the Black Cats.
The energetic central midfielder becomes Guy Luzon’s second signing of the summer, following the capture of German defender Patrick Bauer from Portugese club Maritimo.
Ba is hoping his move to London will help kick-start his career in England.
He said: “It’s very nice to be a Charlton player.
“I’m very happy to be here. It was a little bit difficult at Sunderland.
“I was young and didn’t have a lot of time on the pitch but now I am older and ready to fight at Charlton.”
Ba scored on his Sunderland debut after coming on as a substitute in an FA Cup third-round win over Carlisle United at the Stadium of Light in January last year.
He made one more appearance in the cup that season and made his Premier League debut as a substitute on the final day of that campaign.
Last season he was allowed to return to his homeland to join Bastia on loan.
However, his season was wrecked when he broke his leg in October with the injury sidelining him for six months.