Sunderland have announced that Wes Brow has signed a new one-year contract with the club just days after he was reportedly released by the Black Cats.
The former Manchester United defender has signed a short-term deal which will see him play beyond his 36th birthday, despite the Premier League announcing this week that he had been released by Sunderland.
Brown had been included in the Premier League's list of players that would be released by their clubs this summer; however the club has now apparently performed a U-turn.
Manager Dick Advocaat, who himself had a change of heart on his decision to leave Sunderland, sees a role for Brown as a back-up player ahead of the new season.
Brown, who moved to the north east from Manchester United in 2011, made 28 appearances in all competitions for Sunderland last season, but played a limited role in the Black Cats' end-of-season relegation battle, often playing second-fiddle to Sebastian Coates.
The Sunderland Echo also reports that Sunderland are likely to make a bid to turn Coates' loan from Liverpool into a permanent deal and also make an offer for Celtic's Virgil van Dijk, to supplement Brown and captain John O'Shea in the Sunderland back four.
French defender Antoine Reveillere will not be offered a new deal by Sunderland and will be released by the club this summer.