Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has snapped up free agent Carlos Cuellar on a two-year deal.
The 30-year-old Spaniard's contract with Aston Villa expired at the weekend to allow the Black Cats to push home their interest.
Cuellar joined the midlands club from Rangers during the summer of 2008 as then Villa boss O'Neill got his man for the first time.
Cuellar's capture comes a day after the club allowed left-back George McCartney to complete a move to newly-promoted West Ham.
Madrid-born Cuellar made 94 appearances for Villa, whom he joined following an impressive season north of the border which saw him claim the SPL and Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.
Cuellar revealed his desire to work with O'Neill again helped persuade him to head for Wearside.
He told SAFC TV: "Ever since I heard the rumour that Sunderland were interested in signing me, I wanted to come here.
"To work again with the gaffer, Martin O'Neill, and with everyone talking so well about the club, I didn't have any problem and said straight away I wanted to come.
"He is so clever, he knows everyone very well and knows how to push everyone to get 100% out of them.
"He gets the best from every player and brings them together to make his teams very competitive."