AC Milan have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of Urby Emanuelson from Ajax for €1.7 million euros.
The 24-year-old left wing-back had been earmarked for a move to the San Siro in the summer when his contract expired.
But with Gianluca Zambrotta injured and Luca Antonini struggling to deputise for the Italy international, the Rossoneri have been forced to act now.
"AC Milan announces the purchase from Ajax of Urby Emanuelson, who has signed a contract until June 30, 2014," a club statement said.
Emanuelson is a product of the famed Ajax youth academy and impressed when the two teams met earlier in the campaign in the Champions League.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri's likes the versatility the Dutch international will bring to squad as he can used defensively, or used further forward in his 4-3-3 formation.