Southampton boss Alan Pardew has wrapped up the loan signing of Chelsea starlet Jacob Mellis until January.
The 18-year-old midfielder is eligible to make his Saints debut against Huddersfield on Saturday after penning the deal on Friday afternoon.
The teenager has represented England at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-19 level and was part of the Chelsea squad which reached the 2008 Youth Cup final.
That side featured current Southampton defender Jack Saville and the pair will be reunited at League One level this season.
Mellis' preferred position is central midfield but the versatile youngster is also comfortable playing centre-half and full-back.