Sunderland have signed Josh Scowen from Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder is the Black Cats’ third signing of the January transfer window and he leaves Loftus Road having made twenty-three outings this season.
The twenty-six-year-old is an experienced campaigner with over three hundred senior appearances to his name, including a stint at Barnsley, who he helped to League One promotion in 2016.
Scowen began his career at Wycombe Wanderers, making over one hundred appearances for the Chairboys before moving to Barnsley.
He joined QPR in 2017 and has gone on to make one hundred and three appearances for the Hoops.
With a League One promotion on his CV and a wealth of Championship experience, Scowen was the subject of interest from several clubs, and Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson was pleased to get the deal over the line.
Speaking to the club’s official website he 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.’
Going by the reaction of QPR fans to the move on social media, it appears the signing could be quite the coup for the Black Cats. Many fans praised the midfielder’s attitude and work ethic, and most felt he would be an outstanding player at League One level.
Here is a small selection of QPR fans responses to the move on Twitter.
Got yourself a good player lads
— clivewilliams (@clivewi90325756) January 27, 2020
Good little player you got there. He’ll be class in League 1?
— nahki come back x (@edtaylorqpr) January 27, 2020
Good luck to him. Hard worker who will give his all. All the best to you for the rest of the season ?
— Joe (@QPRFAN1998) January 27, 2020
You’ve got a very decent player driven out by some stupid so called QPR fans
— Neil (@arnoldqpr) January 27, 2020
Got yourselves a decent, hard working, honest pro! Thanks Josh for your time at QPR.
— Julian law (@Julianlaw4) January 27, 2020
You’ve got a real gem of a player there, Josh wii be a massive asset for that final push, he’ll get you a top two spot for sure.
Wishing you all the best Josh and thank you for your efforts at QPR, I certainly appreciate your qualities.
— Paulad (@paulad687) January 28, 2020
Great player – never gives less than 100%, sad to see him go but he has not factored with warburton and he needs to be playing football. He will do a great job for you…..
— Ivor Wilkins (@IvorWilkins1) January 27, 2020
Good luck Josh. He always gives 100%. Good for League 1
— Yousef Marafi® (@Yousef_QPR) January 28, 2020
100% effort every game – good luck Josh
— David Thomas (@TheParkChair) January 27, 2020
Very good signing. Genuine, hard working and will score goals.
— chris millar (@livvo1) January 27, 2020