SUNDERLAND have completed the signing of Scotland international Liam Bridcutt from Brighton.
The 24-year old arrives on Wearside after agreeing a three and a half year deal with the Black Cats, for an undisclosed fee.
It completes a long chase for the Scotland international, who starred for Sunderland boss Gus Poyet when he was manager at Brighton.
Bridcutt began his career with Chelsea, spending three years with the Blues as a youngster, enjoying loan spells with Yeovil Town, Watford and Stockport, before joining Brighton in 2010, when Poyet signed him for The Seagulls.
The midfielder made over 150 appearances for the South coast club, including 140 games under Poyet. Last year Bridcutt made his Scotland national debut when he played against Serbia in March 2013.
The player will wear shirt No26.
The fee is believed to be around the £4m mark, and is likely to be Sunderland’s last signing of the window.
It could now mean midfielder Lee Cattermole leaves the club, with Stoke still interested in the player.