Dons bag Tavernier from Toon

Tavernier: Signed for Dons

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MK Dons completed the signing of Newcastle defender James Tavernier on transfer deadline day.

Tavernier, a right-back by trade but capable of playing at centre-half, moved to stadium:mk on loan for the remainder of the season just 48 hours after Toon team-mate Alan Smith.

The recall of Adam Smith by Tottenham forced Dons boss Karl Robinson into a late signing on Tuesday night.

Tavernier has good experience of League One having enjoyed successful loan spells at Carlisle and Sheffield Wednesday this season.

Originally a trainee at Leeds, Tavernier switched to Newcastle and signed a two-year scholarship before putting pen to paper on his first professional contract in August 2009.

The 20-year-old made his first-team debut for the Magpies that season, featuring in the Carling Cup against Peterborough.