Aston Villa have concluded their long-term pursuit of Curtis Davies, by landing the West Brom defender on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
Martin O'Neill has made no secret of his admiration for the promising central defender but continued dialogue with West Brom failed to yield a positive outcome.
The Ulsterman was loath to pay a figure he thought inflated but nevertheless, it had been reported that the two clubs had concurred on a fee of around £10million.
It is then, to somewhat surprise, that West Brom have sanctioned a key player's departure in a loan switch.
Should Davies impress at Villa Park then it is anticipated the Premier League club will pay an as yet undisclosed fee for the England hopeful.
Since moving to The Hawthorns from Luton back in August 2005, Davies has established himself as one of the best, and most sought after players, outside of the top flight.