Wales No.8 Andy Powell has agreed a two-year deal with Sale Sharks following his release from Wasps.
Powell left Wasps by mutual consent following an internal investigation into an incident in a London pub, with the 29-year-old left needing stitches after he clashed with football fans.
However, Sale have moved to sign the powerhouse forward - beating off interest from Premiership rivals London Irish as well as rugby league outfits Wigan and the Crusaders.
Sale executive director Steve Diamond said: "This is a huge signing for us. Andy has tremendous experience, is one of the best ball carrying forwards in world rugby and is one of the final pieces in the jigsaw as far as our recruitment goes for next term."
Powell is the latest forward to agree to move to Edgeley Park, following Tony Buckley, Joe Ward, Kearnan Myall, Mark Easter, Richie Vernon, Jamie Collins and Fraser McKenzie.
Powell has previously played for Newport, Leicester, Llanelli Scarlets and Cardiff Blues, while he toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2009.
The 17-time capped back-row jhas courted controversy in the past, though, and was banned from driving for 15 months and dropped from the Wales squad after he an incident with a golf buggy last year.