Southampton have completed the signing of Jason Puncheon from Plymouth for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old winger, who had been on loan at the Saints' League One rivals MK Dons, has penned a three-and-a-half year contract at St Mary's Stadium.
Puncheon had been on the books at Plymouth since the summer of 2008, but has spent the majority of his time since then with the Dons.
He was due to remain with Paul Ince's side until the end of the current campaign, but has seen that agreement cut short by Southampton's swoop.
Saints boss Alan Pardew is delighted to have got the talented playmaker on board and expects Puncheon to add some much-needed creativity to his side.
"It's been a complicated transfer because of the situation with MK Dons and Plymouth but we are very pleased to have secured him," Pardew told the club's official website.
"He is a bit of a maverick footballer and I think the side could do with a bit of individual flair which he brings.
"He will help us control games from either the wide or central areas as he can play anywhere across the midfield and he gives us real competition to an area that I felt we needed to strengthen.
"We are now finished for this second half of the season in terms of transfers, and this team will now have to see how far it can go in terms of getting us as close to the play-offs as possible."
Puncheon, who was not signed in time for Saturday afternoon's visit of Stockport, added: "I jumped at the chance to come here and I can't wait to get started."