Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote says he cannot wait to play his first game for the Magpies.
The Ivory Coast international sealed his switch to St James' Park this week after being granted a work permit.
He joins the Magpies from Dutch side FC Twente and is expected to make his debut against Blackpool on September 14th after returning from international duty.
Tiote admits he is hugely excited about the switch and says he is very much looking forward to playing against many of his fellow countrymen.
"I'm really looking forward to testing myself against the best that the Premier League has to offer," Tiote told the club's official website.
Friends and colleagues
"I'm delighted also that that I will be up against friends and colleagues from my home country who are already playing in England.
"This is a really proud moment for me and I can't wait to pull on the black and white shirt and do my best to help Newcastle United have a successful season."
Magpies boss Chris Hughton was equally enthusiastic about his new addition who he believes has a lot to offer in the top flight.
"Cheik is a terrific signing for us and I am sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to the squad," he said.
"He has a first-class pedigree and I think his game is well suited to the Premier League.
"He did well with the Ivory Coast in the World Cup and is just reaching an age where his best years are now ahead of him."