Sunderland have announced their third signing of the summer with Egypt international Ahmed Al-Muhammadi joining the club on a season-long loan deal.
Al-Muhammadi has been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League in recent seasons and has now left ENPPI for a spell in the North East. Sunderland have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the 2010-11 season.
Al-Muhammadi, 22, can operate at right-back or in an advanced position in midfield and has won 42 caps for Egypt, including in a 3-1 defeat to England at Wembley in March. He underwent a trial at Blackburn at the end of 2008 but is now looking forward to starting work at the Stadium of Light.
"I know a lot about the manager Steve Bruce as I spoke with both [former Wigan strikers] Amr Zaki and Mido about him before joining," Al-Muhammadi told the club's official website. "I watched Sunderland play many times last season while I was playing in Egypt. I regard Steve Bruce as a great manager and I'm looking forward to proving myself to him.
"It's an absolute dream for me to be here in the Premier League. It's the best league in the world and will be a great opportunity to prove myself against some of the best players in the world."
Sunderland have also signed Paraguay midfielder Cristian Riveros and Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet this summer.