The day has finally arrived. It's been neck and neck at the bookies all summer as to which would happen first - would Jesus return, or Steven Fletcher sign for Sunderland? - finally, it's been answered with the occasional Scottish international signing for Sunderland on an 4-Year deal today.
Speaking to the club's official site, manager Martin O'Neill chipped with a (naturally) delighted tone upon landing this summer's major target;
It has been no secret that we needed to strengthen our attacking options and Steven has a proven track record of scoring goals.
He is young and constantly improving and he will be a very welcome addition to the squad. I'm delighted that we've been able to bring him to Sunderland.
My word. that took a while didn't it? We've already pretty much exhausted ourselves when it comes to talking about Fletcher in red and white, so erm... yes, it's a good thing isn't it? For more on what Fletcher will bring to the club you might want to check out this (click here) article we did on him.
The fee isn't too bad either. Supposedly £12m rising to £14m suits everyone. We can say we paid the twelve, Wolves can brag to their fans that they got fourteen. Who cares? It's nowhere near the preposterous £20m which was bandied around earlier in the negotiating process.
Anyway. Steven Fletcher is a Sunderland player now and will go straight into the squad to play Reading this weekend. Although temper your expectations on a start. He's only recently back from injury and hasn't played too many games in recent weeks.