Midfielder Dan Gosling today completed his move from Everton to Newcastle.
The 20-year-old has signed a four-year deal after the Magpies stepped in to exploit a loophole in his contractual situation at St James’ Park.
Gosling is recovering from a serious knee injury and is unlikely to be available to his new club for several months.
He becomes the club's second summer signing after Nottingham Forest defender James Perch, and will wear the number 15 shirt.
Gosling told the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk: “It’s a brilliant move for me. Now that the deal is done, I just can’t wait to get started.
“I’ve played at St James’ Park before and know all about the amazing atmosphere. Playing there in a black and white shirt is something I’ve thought about already and it will be a great day when I finally get to walk out in front of 50,000 people.
“The gaffer, Chris Hughton, and all of the lads have been great with me and made me feel really welcome since I arrived and hopefully I can repay the faith that they have shown in me.”
Gosling began his career at home-town club Plymouth and won a £2m move to Everton in January 2008, where he made his mark with an extra-time winner over arch-rivals Liverpool in an FA Cup fourth round replay.
However, he was able to move on a free transfer after the Toffees failed to follow up a verbal contract offer with a written one.
Hughton said: “We are delighted to have signed Dan. He’s the right age and the profile that he has is what makes it such an appealing capture for us.
“He’s young, but has Premier League experience and he’s someone who can continue to develop his game.
“We see him as a high-energy player and a player that can play from box to box, but he’s also a young player with experience, so he won’t be phased by what is ahead of him.”