Spanish World Cup star Javier De Pedro has joined Blackburn after signing a two-year contract.
De Pedro, capped 20 times by Spain, turned down offers from several clubs in his homeland to opt for a move to Rovers on a two-year contract.
Blackburn had expressed an interest in the winger during the January transfer window but it has taken until now to land the Real Sociedad player.
Ewood Park officials had been on the trail of De Pedro last season but were thwarted in their efforts to sign him.
“As soon as we heard that De Pedro was available, Graeme Souness put him to the top of our wanted list,” said Ewood chief executive John Williams.
“Consequently, we ceased interest in Morten Pedersen, one of our other summer targets, and made a concerted effort to land De Pedro,” Williams added on the Rovers official website, www.rovers.premiumtv.co.uk.
Souness said: “I am delighted by the signing. De Pedro is a proven player at the highest level and he is someone our fans should be very excited about seeing in a blue and white shirt next season.”
Souness has been on the trail of De Pedro for some time and concentrated his efforts after failing to sign Morten Gamst Pedersen.
“Two years ago he played in every game for Spain in the World Cup and the only reason he hasn’t signed a new contract with Sociedad is because he’s had a fall out with them,” said Souness of De Pedro.
“He’s a left-sided player with bags of international experience and he scores his fair share of goals from set-pieces.
“He’s got terrific ability with his left foot and two seasons ago he had the most assists in the Spanish League,” Souness told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.