Leicester City have confirmed the signing of Manchester United youngster Danny Drinkwater.
Sky Sports reported on Thursday that the Foxes had agreed a deal for the 21-year-old midfielder.
And now the Championship club have announced Drinkwater has joined the Foxes for an undisclosed fee, subject to Football League approval.
The playmaker becomes the first signing of Nigel Pearson's second spell as Leicester manager, agreeing terms on a contract until June 2015.
"Danny is a player we have monitored for a long time, so we are delighted to bring him to King Power Stadium," Pearson told the club's official website.
"He is a player who will bring energy and creativity to the team. We have been looking to strengthen the squad since joining and this signing begins that process.
"Danny is a young and hungry player and his ambitions match those of the club. He fits the criteria and standards that we set here and we look forward to Danny joining up with his new colleagues and having a positive impact on the team."
Drinkwater had been on loan at Championship rivals Barnsley but United cut the deal short after agreeing a fee with Leicester.
He made 18 appearances for the Tykes this season, making both Barnsley goals during last Saturday's 2-1 win at King Power Stadium.
Born in Manchester, Drinkwater previously had loan spells with Huddersfield, Cardiff and Watford, and will join up with the Leicester squad on Saturday ahead of Monday night's trip to league leaders Southampton.