League One Sunderland have finally completed the signing of striker Will Grigg on a three-and-a-half year deal from Wigan Athletic.
The Black Cats had made the 27-year-old their prime target over the past few weeks and after a sixth attempt their bid for the proven striker was accepted moments before the transfer window closed last night.
During Grigg’s spell at the DW Stadium he scored a total of 65 goals in 150 appearances for the Latics including a famous winner which knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup last season.
Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook lamented on the loss of the iconic striker on the Latics official website, saying: “The club desperately wanted to keep Will but this is an offer we simply couldn’t refuse.
“This comes with so much emotional attachment because Will is so popular with our supporters and is somebody who has given everyone associated with the club so many great moments during, not just my time as the club’s manager, but throughout his three-and-a-half years at Wigan Athletic.
“We all wish Will the very best for the future.”
Grigg, who joins Sunderland for a fee believed to be in the region of £4 million, has won promotion from League One on three occasions during his career, will have to wait for his Sunderland debut as he is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.