Sunderland have completed a three-month deal with former Everton and Birmingham striker James McFadden.
Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill revealed the 29-year-old was poised to seal his short-term switch to the Stadium of Light within 24 hours.
"It gives him an opportunity. One, to get as fit as he can now, which he has been doing for quite some weeks - he feels pretty good - two, to come and join the squad and three, just to try to get into the team," O'Neill said on Thursday.
Free agent McFadden returned to Everton for six months last season after being released by Birmingham.
O'Neill has been a long-term admirer of McFadden and tried to sign the player from Motherwell when the Irishman was manager of Celtic.
McFadden, who has been capped 48 times for Scotland, is not expected to be included in Sunderland's squad for the visit to Stoke on Saturday.