Burnley have landed Cork City defender Kevin Long for an undisclosed six-figure fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Long will link up with the Premier League new boys in January when the transfer window reopens for business.
The 19-year-old has been on the Clarets' radar for some time and it is thought they have beaten off competition from elsewhere to land him.
Long only broke into Cork's first XI this season having progressed through their youth system.
Although he made only three appearances as Cork finished third, he did enough to receive his first call-up into Republic of Ireland's Under 21 squad.
Clarets boss Owen Coyle is confident he has landed a player of considerable potential.
"We are delighted to have signed Kevin and beaten off stiff competition from north and south of the border for his services," he told the club's official website.
"He has got everything you want in that type of player and I would like to thank Cork's chairman Tom Coughlan for his courtesy and professionalism during negotiations."