Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of Portuguese defender Paulo Monteiro on a free transfer.
The centre-back arrives at the Valley having been released by Romanian side Farul Constanta and has agreed a deal until the end of the season.
Monteiro impressed during a run out for the Addicks' reserve side against Crystal Palace on 23rd January and becomes Alan Pardew's fourth signing since the turn of the year.
The former Portuguese Under 21 international is again expected to feature for Charlton's second string on Tuesday, but admits that he is keen to force his way into the first-team fold as soon as possible.
"I am very pleased to sign for such a big club, a great club," Monteiro told the club's official website.
"The camaraderie among the players is very good, and I'm thankful the gaffer has given me such an opportunity.
"It is my ambition to show my value during the rest of the season, and I want to prove I am good enough to play for Charlton and win a longer contract at the end of the season."
Monteiro was due to be under contract at Farul Constanta until the end of the current campaign, but has revealed that he asked to leave the club due to the Romanian league not being competitive enough for his liking.
"I wanted a challenge and wanted to play in a more competitive league," he said.
"I had played international football, but needed to progress my career.
The defender also admitted that he is pleased to find a friendly face already at the Valley in the shape of Jose Semedo, a player he knows from his appearances for Portugal at youth levels.
"We have known each other since we were sixteen years old, and have regularly played together for national teams," Monteiro revealed.
"Semedo is a player I have always admired, and having him at the club already is fantastic for me."