Sunderland boss Steve Bruce finally made a transfer breakthrough when he secured Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari on loan for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old Ghana international, who left Portsmouth for Inter in a 16 Euros move in July 2008, will join compatriots John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan at the Stadium of Light.
Bruce said: "Sulley is a fabulous acquisition for the club. When the opportunity arises to bring in a player of his ability - even in the short term you have to take it, and I'm delighted that we have been able to."
He added: "His adaptability is a great asset. He did extremely well at Portsmouth so he knows the Barclays Premier League well and you have to be some player to move to Inter Milan for the fee that he did. He's a great addition."
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