Newcastle have completed a deal to sign midfielder Yohan Cabaye on a five-year contract from Lille.
Cabaye had been closely linked with the Magpies since helping Lille clinch a French league and cup double last month.
The highly-rated 25-year-old has also been capped by France, making his international debut against Norway in August last year.
He is now looking forward to the challenge ahead at St James' Park after linking up with Alan Pardew's squad.
"This is a fantastic move for me," he told Newcastle's official website.
"I have enjoyed great times with Lille but the time is right now to test myself against the best and playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League does just that.
"My first impressions of the club and the city are that it is a lovely place and the stadium is magnificent.
"Now that I have signed I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the team, working with (manager) Alan Pardew and his staff, but most of all playing for Newcastle United and their supporters."
Pardew was pleased to tie the midfielder down to a long-term deal as he looks to build upon his side's 12th-placed finish on their return to the top-flight.
"We are delighted to have signed Yohan on a five-year contract," said Pardew.
"He has a first-class pedigree having proved himself at the top level in France, both for his club and the national team.
"He will add great quality to our squad and I am really looking forward to working with him."