SUNDERLAND midfielder David Vaughan has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on a three-month loan.
Vaughan was not even on the bench for Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby victory over Newcastle and with a fully fit squad of 26 senior professionals at his disposal, Black Cats head coach Gus Poyet has sanctioned the Welsh international’s departure.
Several Championship sides had been interested in Vaughan, but sixth placed Forest have won the race for his signature and he could make his debut against former club Blackpool on Saturday.
Vaughan, who will remain at the City Ground until January 29, almost joined newly-promoted Crystal Palace during the summer and had been willing to take a pay cut to move to Selhurst Park.
But he remained at the Stadium of Light and made three appearances under Paolo Di Canio earlier in the campaign before the Italian was dismissed.
The 30-year-old will look to impress under Billy Davies, with his Sunderland contract expiring next summer.