Middlesbrough have completed the £3million signing of full-back Justin Hoyte from Arsenal on a four-year contract.
The 23-year-old, a former England Under-21 international, has agreed a deal to stay with the Teessiders until the summer of 2012.
On his move, Hoyte seemed surprised at how quick everything had been sorted.
“It was very strange travelling to a Champions League qualifier and being on the bench for that game and the next day coming to training and finding out I was coming to Middlesbrough, but it’s something I’m looking forward to.
“It happened so fast, I found out Boro were interested, then they’d had a bid accepted and the next day I was up here having a medical.” Hoyte told Boro’s official site.
The full-back had struggled to gain regular first-team football and had a previous loan spell in the North-East with Sunderland.
He was presented to the Boro crowd ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Premier League opener against Tottenham, but the deal wasn’t completed in time to allow him to play.