Nottingham Forest expect to complete a deal to sign David Vaughan on a permanent basis this month, according to reports.
The midfielder has been on loan at the City Ground for much of the season and has generally impressed at Championship level as you'd expect him to, and the Sunderland Echo report Forest aim to keep him.
Vaughan has always been a likeable if limited player at Sunderland. He scored brilliant goals in crucial games against Blackburn and Newcastle, and the importance of both of those wins was fairly obvious.
In many ways, it is almost a surprise that he wasn't given an opportunity under Gus Poyet, as his style of football - particularly in a three-man central midfield - would probably fit very well with what the Uruguayan is trying to do on Wearside.
But the reality is that Vaughan has very much become the forgotten man at Sunderland, and with his contract running down it is probably best for everyone if he moves on.
Forest will get a very good player, he will have a promotion race to be part of, and Sunderland will free up a bit of room on the wage bill to do a little strengthening themselves. With the reality of the Premier League Financial Fair Play regulations now in full effect - regulations behind which Ellis Short was a real driving force - the importance of that final point cannot possibly be overstated.