Robert Snodgrass has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan.
Sunderland boss Simon Grayson had been eager to discuss a potential move to Wearside with the player he managed to great success at Leeds United.
Snodgrass, however, has joined Steve Bruce, who he worked with at Leeds United.
Grayson had admitted at an early stage that the club's financial situation could prevent any deal for the 29-year-old.
The Scotland international has said it was an 'easy decision' to join a club with Villa's 'history' and 'tradition'.
“I am delighted to join.
“I have had offers from other clubs but it was an easy decision to come here. You see the name Aston Villa with all its history, tradition, fanbase and it’s a place you want to come to.
“Seeing it in the Championship doesn’t look right.
“I want to be part of that journey back up to the Premier League. I am raring to go.”
That deal could allow Sunderland to press ahead with a deal for Ross McCormack.
Another player who worked with Grayson at Leeds, the striker has been a key target for Grayson, and Bruce admitted on Thursday that he may allow the player to leave in order to meet FFP targets.
He said: "We still haven’t hit the target so I would still envisage there has to be one or two who still move on.
"I think that in any case for the sake of the squad and the sake of them, it is the right thing.
“Gary Gardner, for example, Ross McCormack, people like that."