Sunderland have received a massive boost with the news that the Premier League has given the green light to striker Benjani Mwaruwari's loan move to Wearside.
The deal for the Manchester City striker to move to the Stadium of Light until the end of the season was initially held up after emails and faxes from Sunderland to the Football Association did not go through.
After investigating the technical problems, the Premier League is satisfied that the Black Cats had tried to register the deal before the 5pm transfer deadline on Monday.
A league spokesman said: "The Premier League confirms that everything was in order and deal done before the transfer window closed."
The news is a big boost to Steve Bruce's squad, who have not won in 10 Premier League games and failed to break down Stoke in Monday night's goalless stalemate at the Stadium of Light.
The Zimbabwe striker is Sunderland's third acquisition in the January transfer window following the signing of defenders Matthew Kilgallon and Alan Hutton.
Welcoming the news, Bruce told the club's official website: "He's a big, strong, powerful centre-forward and one we've been tracking for a long time.
"I'm delighted that we've been able to bring him to the club, he'll bring another dimension to our striking options and will be a great addition to the squad."
Meanwhile, Bruce is hoping Kenwyne Jones can rediscover his best form and help the Black Cats out of their recent rut after no deadline-day transfer materialised for the striker.
Liverpool were heavily linked with Jones for the duration of the winter window but no deal was struck and the Trinidad and Tobago striker led the line in the stalemate with Stoke.
Bruce added: "I thought Kenwyne did much better (against Stoke).
"It hasn't been easy with the constant speculation but I've repeatedly said that I'm trying to build a squad and a team here and the last thing I want to be doing is letting my good players go.
"It has been unsettling for him, I'm sure, but we can all get turned around now and forget about all that for a few months and get on with the job in hand."