Rovers are delighted to announce the deadline day signing of Sunderland midfielder Jordi Gomez.
The 30-year-old Spaniard joins on loan from the Premier League side until the end of the season.
Gomez becomes the sixth new arrival at Rovers this window and the second from Sunderland, following Danny Graham’s move to Ewood Park last month.
Having progressed through the youth ranks at Barcelona, Gomez moved across the city to Espanyol, before joining Swansea City on a season-long loan in the summer of 2008.
The midfielder was a big hit in South Wales, where he scored 14 goals in 51 appearances, and was named in the Championship Team of the Season.
Gomez followed manager Roberto Martinez to Wigan at the end of the season and the new signing would become a prominent figure in the Latics team.
Over the next five seasons, Gomez made 162 appearances, scoring 28 goals, and won the FA Cup in 2013, starting against Manchester City in the final at Wembley.
In the summer of 2014, Wigan’s reigning Player of the Year returned to the top flight, making a free transfer move to the Stadium of Light, where he signed a three-year deal.
During his first season on Wearside, Gomez scored six goals in 33 appearances, including a brace in a 2-1 victory over Southampton in May – a significant result in Sunderland’s fight for survival.
This season, Gomez has found opportunities limited under former Rovers boss Sam Allardyce, featuring six times for the Black Cats.
Having not been involved in Sunderland’s FA Cup third round defeat to Arsenal, the new recruit is eligible to play in Rovers’ fifth round tie at home to either Liverpool or West Ham later this month.