Motherwell added to their squad just before the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday night when they snapped up Manchester United under-21 captain Liam Grimshaw.
The deal was confirmed late on Tuesday night after the Fir Parkers had to fend off some late competition from the English Championship to sign the 20-year-old midfielder on a loan deal until January.
Grimshaw, who will wear the number four jersey for ’Well, can also play at full-back and centre-back and is an England under-18 international.
The new recruit, who captained United during their first foray into the UEFA Youth League, told MFC TV: “I’m looking forward to it and it’s a new experience for me as I’ve only ever played at Manchester United my whole career.
“First of all I’ll be looking to get into the side, then I’ll be looking to play as many games as possible and try to improve as a player.
“I’ve played a few positions for Man Utd, starting at centre back then right back but I prefer midfield. I like to get my foot in and pass the ball simply.
“I’ve watched a few games in Scotland and know it’s a good standard and can’t wait to get playing.”
‘Well boss Ian Baraclough added: “We are delighted to get Liam in and we hope he will add further strength to our midfield.
“He is a player we have watched regularly and have been patient trying to get him confirmed. Although he is young, he has been schooled at an excellent club and he’ll add some steel in the middle of the park.
“He’ll compete with the likes of Stephen Pearson, Keith Lasley, Jack Leitch, Jake Taylor and some of our young talent in the Under 20s for a starting spot, which gives us some decent competition.”