The 21 year old central midfielder joins former boss Steve Bruce at the Stadium of Light and becomes the club’s fifth major signing of the summer after Darren Bent, Lorik Cana, Fraizer Campbell and Paulo Da Silva also made the move to the north east.
Bruce spoke to the official Sunderland website today and expressed his delight at the acquisition.
“Lee has everything that I like in a player so I’m delighted to have brought him to Sunderland,”he said.
“He is a terrific footballer. He is young, strong and has a real passion for the game that I’m sure our supporters will love.
“As a North East lad, he understands what it means to represent a club in this region and will bring some real bite to our side.
“Lee is a great addition and will strengthen us through the spine of the team while creating real competition across midfield.”