Cardiff City have completed the signing of Solomon Taiwo from League Two outfit Dagenham & Redbridge.
The 24-year-old, who was playing non-league football less than two years ago, finalised his move to the Bluebirds on Thursday.
The highly-rated midfielder had been the centre of much transfer speculation in recent weeks, with Premier League side Everton reported to have expressed an interest.
It is, however, Cardiff who have secured his signature, having been impressed by the Nigerian during a Carling Cup first round clash on 11th August.
"I heard that a few clubs were interested in me, then luckily Dagenham were drawn away to Cardiff in the Carling Cup. I played my normal game and that sealed the deal," Taiwo told the club's official website.
"I spoke to Dave Jones and it's obvious that Cardiff are a developing club. Dave and Peter Ridsdale have made me feel very welcome here.
"There's a great atmosphere in the stadium, and that can make you play better. I'm also in awe of the training facilities - they're not what I'm used to, although I'll always have good memories of Dagenham.
"There have been question marks over me, but people who really know me never question me. As a player I wear my heart on my sleeve and try to bring credit to myself and the team."
Cardiff boss Jones added: "We've been watching Solomon since January this year and we've been very impressed with him.
"He also played against Cardiff, which gave us the opportunity to see how he did against players from a higher level. And I have to say he did well against us.
"He's done the rounds in non-league, earned a break in professional football with Dagenham and made the most of it to get a move to us. I mean no disrespect to Dagenham, but Solomon now has the chance to improve his game with better players around him.
"I'm delighted to have him here. He's big, strong, good on the ball, and we've beaten off Premiership interest to sign him. I know Everton we're looking at him."