Southampton have completed the signing of Andrew Davies from Middlesbrough.
The Saints have sealed the capture of Davies on a three-month loan with a view to a permanent deal, after they beat a host of Championship rivals to his signature.
Saints chief George Burley was delighted to have sealed his signature.
"He is a player I've admired for a while and he will give us extra options at the back," Burley stated.
"He is a very promising player who has good ability and experience in the top-flight.
"He is strong, quick and good in the air, he learned his trade with Middlesbrough and there were a few clubs after him.
"He's an ambitious lad and I'm pleased he's coming here."
Boro boss Gareth Southgate was full of praise for Davies.
"From my perspective Andrew has been terrific since I became manager and has given wholehearted performances every time he has played," explained Southgate.
"He expressed a wish for first team football which is not something that I could guarantee him at this time. We wish him the best of luck with Southampton."
Meanwhile, Southgate has confirmed he has no plans to let fellow loanee Adam Johnson leave the club.
Johnson has bagged three goals in four games for Watford and has won a number of plaudits, but his path to the Boro first-team is currently blocked by England's Stewart Downing.
"We have to take the long-term view of it and we knew when we sent him away we might be short of numbers at some point, but Stewy is playing well and we're okay in the wide areas," he added.
"Long-term it would be of more benefit for him to gain the experience he's getting.
"We've sent him down there because he's very much part of our future."