Sunderland have completed the capture of Arsenal's Anthony Stokes for £2million.
The youngster impressed during the first half of the season with SPL outfit Falkirk, after Sunderland pulled the plug late in the day on a season-long loan deal.
Stokes' form attracted a host of interest and despite being strongly linked with a move to Premiership strugglers Charlton, the teenager has finally joined Sunderland.
The Irishman has penned a three-and-a-half year contact at The Stadium of Light and is now looking forward to playing for the North East outfit.
"It's brilliant to be here. It has been a hectic few days, sorting things out, and now I'm looking forward to training and playing," he told the club's official website.
"I spoke to Roy Keane about everything, he told me his hopes for the club and it helped make up my mind. I'm excited about the move to Sunderland."
The capture of Stokes is Sunderland's second big-name capture in January following the arrival of Luton's Carlos Edwards.
Stokes' Arsenal exit is yet another tale of homegrown talent failing to make the grade under Arsene Wenger - following in the footsteps of David Bentley and Steve Sidwell.