New Sunderland signing Stephane Sessegnon has thanked the club's hierarchy for making his £6million move happen.
The Black Cats had to play a waiting game for the Benin midfielder after internal politics at his former club Paris Saint Germain threatened to scupper the move.
But the perseverance of chairman Niall Quinn, manager Steve Bruce and his assistant Eric Black has finally paid dividends for Sessegnon.
Now the 26-year-old cannot wait to get started in the Premier League.
He said: "I am very happy and glad to be here.
"The transfer has been long and the execution has been tough, but I am very happy.
"The Premier League is the best league to play in - I have always wanted to play here.
"It has been my dream for years.
He added: "I want to thank Niall, Steve and Eric for all the support they have shown me.
"The transfer has been difficult but they were always helping me.
"Sunderland was the place I wanted to be even though there were other teams interested."