Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Josh Scowen from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.
Joining fellow January recruits Kyle Lafferty and Bailey Wright on Wearside, the midfielder has put pen to paper on a permanent deal at the Stadium of Light.
Scowen has made 18 appearances for the R’s in the Sky Bet Championship this season, while also scoring in a 5-1 Emirates FA Cup win over Swansea City earlier this month.
The 26-year-old has a proven track record in Sky Bet League One, having played a key role in Barnsley’s Play-Off and EFL Trophy winning side during the 2015-16 campaign.
Born in Enfield, Scowen started his career with Wycombe Wanderers, making over 100 appearances for the Chairboys before moving to Oakwell and featuring 109 times.
The midfielder joined QPR in July 2017 and went on to make 103 appearances for the London-based club.
After putting pen to paper, Scowen said: “I’m over the moon to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
“I just want to show the gaffer what I can do and get in the team, so that I can help the club keep winning games. I feel fit and I’m raring to go.”
SAFC boss Phil Parkinson said: “I’m delighted to welcome Josh to the club. We identified him early in the window and it took a while to get the deal over the line, as we were competing with several other clubs for his signature. We have been patient, and the chairman and the board have worked hard to finalise a deal this afternoon.
“Josh has a promotion from League One on his cv and a lot of Championship experience. He can play in a number of different roles and he will bring real quality to the squad, especially in that midfield area.”