ROTHERHAM United tonight landed their major transfer-window target by taking Lewis Wing on loan from Championship rivals Middlesbrough for the rest of the season.
The arrival of the attacking midfielder was announced this evening, just a few hours before the 11pm deadline, and the player is likely to go straight into the squad for tomorow's home clash with Derby County.
Millers boss Paul Warne had made signing the 25-year-old, who came through the non-league ranks before being spotted by Boro, his January priority after admiring him for the last three years.
"I like him for many reasons. He has got an eye for a goal and shoots on sight and we definitely need to add more goals to us," the manager said.
"He has a real energy about him and can take set-pieces and play in any one of those four positions in the middle of the park.
"But the best thing for me is that he has got an inner drive and is just a winner. He drives the team forward and is desperate to play football.
"We have kept track of him for about three years now. When he broke into the team at Boro, we thought we were going to get him on loan that year, but he went on and had an absolute stormer there. I've tried to sign him a few times."
The deal is likely to be the last business of the day for Rotherham who brought in wing-back Ryan Giles earlier in the window and have let six players leave: Kyle Vassell, Mickel Miller, Billy Jones, Curtis Tilt, Adam Thompson and Jamie Proctor.
Wing has scored 12 goals in 80 Championship appearances for Boro after mirroring Warne's player career by making his name down the football pyramid before becoming a pro.
“He is a great kid who came from non-league and he had to fight and scrap to get his chance," the boss said. "He is right up my street, obviously."
“He has just found himself on the wrong side of a team selection or two at Middlesbrough. That does not mean he is a bad player. Football is all about opinions.
Warne persuaded the Durham-born player to join the Millers' fight for second-tier survival in a conversation on Sunday night after Boro and former Rotherham boss Neil Warnock had given the all-clear.
"He can come here and play a massive part in our run-in and hopefully have a positive impact on the team and put himself in the shop window for whatever happens in his career," the Rotherham manager said.
"He is happy to play for a team who want to play forward and run forward, create chances, shoot and play without pressure in the final third.
"We've convinced him to play football here for a few months and couldn’t be happier."