Newcastle United have made their first signing of the month with Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb's loan deal comfirmed.
The former Spurs man was unveiled as a United player after agreeing a loan move for the rest of the season.
Following a meeting between head coach Steve Bruce and owner Mike Ashley, there has been a positive feeling that the January window could bring up to three arrivals.
Here's a quick look at the midfielder.
Which position does he play?
Bentaleb is predominately a central midfielder but he can play in the number 10 role, or in the holding role.
What are his main attributes?
Bentaleb can cover a lot of ground, and has a good engine on him.
His ability to pick a pass, and create chances, is his key talent.
Where was he before Schalke?
He was in the academy at Lille but was released as a 15-year-old.
He had various trials, including with Birmingham City, before signing for Spurs as a 17-year-old.
How was his time at Spurs?
He was considered to be one of their brightest stars but a couple of serious injuries stunted his development, and attitude problems followed.
He made 66 appearances across all competitions - scoring once.
And the move to Schalke?
Initially the Algerian international moved on loan to the German side in August 2016, and impressed enough that the deal was made permanent in February 2017.
His career in the Bundesliga started off well until March 2019 when he was demoted to the youth side due to 'disciplinary issues'. After a brief time back in the first team, he was put back in the B side.
What have they said about him?
"He is training with the Under-21s. He is not with the first team because he wanted to leave. I think I explained very well. If he wanted to leave, he can come and see me, I say: 'OK you can leave.'
"He is waiting to try to find a place away from Tottenham. But there is nothing to do. We share the changing room and the restaurants all together. It's not a problem."
“The most important thing for Nabil now is to be able to prove his undeniable skill at a level he is used. We wish him all the best for the second half of the season at Newcastle."
Schalke Head of Sport Jochen Schneider.