Sunderland took their summer recruitment to four new players on Thursday (July 13) when they signed Aiden McGeady and James Vaughan from Everton and Bury respectively.
Aidan McGeady of Preston North End in action with Toumani Diagouraga of Ipswich Town
With finances tight at the Stadium of the Light the club's hierarchy are sure to see this as good business, but are they simply prioritising cost over what the team actually needs?
What the North East outfit saved in transfer fees they may have to pay in wages for McGeady, who has signed a three-year deal despite being 31-years-old.
That said, the Republic of Ireland international's performances for Preston North End last season under Simon Grayson (eight goals and nine assists) shows he is a star at Championship level and while perhaps not able to cut it in the Premier League anymore, could be the short-term solution to help get Sunderland back there.
Vaughan is a different matter. The striker is two years' McGeady's junior and signed a two-year contract, yet spent the last 12 months in League One - admittedly scoring 24 goals.
The 29-year-old does have plenty of experience in the English second tier, but the last time he truly impressed in the division was back in 2013/14 with Huddersfield Town.
Bury's James Vaughan scores their first goal from the penalty spot