Sheffield United have signed Reading midfielder James Harper on a season-long loan deal, while Brian Howard heads to the Madejski Stadium.
The last-minute deal was officially ratified by the Football League on Wednesday morning.
"My face didn't fit down there, so I wasn't playing ," the 28-year-old Harper told BBC Radio Sheffield.
"I'm coming to a good club and they want me here, which is very important. I just can't wait to crack on."
Harper has made over 300 appearance for the Royals after beginning his career in the Arsenal academy.
He will also wear the number 15 shirt at Bramall Lane.