Sunderland have completed the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari on loan until the end of the season.
Sky Sports News revealed earlier in the week that the Premier League club had been given permission to speak to the Ghana international and manager Steve Bruce has now completed his first signing of the January transfer window.
Former Portsmouth star Muntari could make his debut against Stoke next weekend and Bruce is pleased, and surprised, to have been able to complete the signing
"Sulley is a fabulous acquisition for the club," Sunderland's manager told his club's official website.
"When the opportunity arises to bring in a player of his ability, even in the short term, you have to take it and I'm delighted we've been able to.
"His adaptability is a great asset. He did extremely well at Portsmouth so he knows the Premier League well and you have to be some player to move to Inter Milan for the fee that he did. He's a great addition.
"If you had said to me six months ago that we'd be looking at Sulley Muntari who had just won the Champions League I would have said 'not a chance'.
"This is an ideal opportunity to bring in a top-class midfield player who moved to Inter for about €17m. To bring him in now can only give the club a lift."
Muntari joins compatriots John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan at the Stadium of Light.