Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is delighted to have finally landed Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, having tracked the player for several years.
The 24-year-old joined the Black Cats for a club record fee from Rennes just before the transfer window slammed shut, with Bruce relieved that a deal was done after seeing Kenwyne Jones leave the club and Fraizer Campbell suffer a serious knee injury.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "I was actually after Gyan a year ago, when we had Darren Bent on the go.
"He was definitely our top target. I first watched him three years ago and I have consistently kept watching him since then.
"The problem we had with him over the summer was the fact I did not think I was going to get him. Fenerbahce were in as well and I just was not sure.
"In the end you have to say fair play to the owner, because with Frazier Campbell getting injured Rennes knew they could stick to their asking price and never budge.
"With what happened to Fraizer it became a necessity to bring someone in and we wanted Gyan, because I did not just want to go down the route of bringing in somebody for the sake of it.
"I am delighted to get him. He has that fire in his belly, he is a wonderful athlete and he has a great attitude."