Preston North End have agreed a permanent deal with Sunderland to keep Ross Wallace on a permanent basis.
The two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the winger, who has put together a string of impressive performances since his arrival on loan at Deepdale.
Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia has been keen to trim the size of his squad and Wallace could be the first of a string of players to leave the Stadium of Light.
Wallace signs a four-and-a-half year contract with Alan Irvine's side and has set his sights on firing the club to the Premier League for the first time.
He said: "I came to Preston to play games and I have done that.
"We have a good team and a good bunch of lads here and hopefully within the time I am here we can achieve our aim, which is to get to the Premier League."
Preston boss Irvine also spoke of his delight at signing the winger, who has weighed in with three goals and several assists this year.
"Everyone can see the contribution that he has made," said Irvine.
"He is very important for us. He has created a lot of chances for us and he has scored goals for us as well, so I am absolutely delighted he has signed permanently."