Newcastle United have, as expected, signed United States international defender Oguchi Onyewu on loan from Belgian side Standard Liege for the rest of the season.
Onyewu, 24, successfully underwent a medical at St James’ Park on Monday.
“We have secured Oguchi Onyewu. He comes across as an impressive person – he is certainly physically impressive,” said Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder.
“West Brom were keen to sign him last year, but Oguchi was looking to step higher if he could.”
Newcastle have agreed an option to make Onyewu’s transfer permanent in the summer.
The Magpies won the race for his signature ahead of several clubs across Europe, apparently including Chelsea.
He previously played for Metz, and played in each of the USA’s three World Cup matches in the summer, and was voted the US Soccer Athlete of 2006.