Middlesbrough have brought defender Fernando Amorebieta back to the club from Fulham in a loan agreement which sees James Husband make the opposite journey.
Amorebieta had been linked with a temporary move to Celtic, but Boro boss Aitor Karanka has secured a season-long deal with the 30-year-old.
The Boro head coach likes his experience and versatility.
The Venezuelan international made five appearances for Boro last season, the highlight being returning to West London in Msay, when he scored a dramatic late winner in the play-off semi-final first leg win at Brentford.
Amorebieta is a player well-known and liked by Karanka, the pairing having been together at Athletic Bilbao.
The Boro head coach likes his experience and versatility, the defender being able to play anywhere across the back four.
Husband made 12 appearances for Boro after being signed by then boss Tony Mowbray, from Doncaster, in the summer of 2014.
The 21-year-old Yorkshireman featured in the 3-1 Capital One Cup victory at Oldham earlier this month.
But now he joins fellow Championship side Fulham for a month while Amorebieta’s switch to Boro is for the duration of the season.
Husband played for the Cottagers on loan in March, when Fulham lost only once in his five appearances.
Boro, who head to Sheffield Wednesday today, could do more business before the transfer deadline on Tuesday, both in and out.
The main interest surrounds the future of Albert Adomah.
Just a couple of weeks after speaking glowingly about Boro’s chances this season, the winger is reported to have handed in a transfer request.
Karanka insisted Adomah will not be leaving and claimed there had been no fall-out with the player.