Blackburn Rovers have swooped to sign free agent midfielder Herold Goulon following a successful trial.
The 22-year-old Frenchman spent two years in the Middlesbrough youth team earlier in his career and was available on a free transfer after leaving Le Mans during the summer.
Goulon, who graduated from France's famous Clairefontaine Academy, has signed a deal until the summer of 2012.
Meanwhile, Rovers will be without captain Christopher Samba for Sunday's trip to Liverpool.
Samba is banned following his red card during Monday's goalless draw with Sunderland.
However, his absence is likely to be countered by the return from a thigh injury of Ryan Nelsen.
"We lose an exceptionally good player in Samba, we've got to deal with that," manager Sam Allardyce told the club's official website.
"It depends on Ryan Nelsen in terms of fitness. He came back from a long haul flight from New Zealand and was injured.
"We lost him for the Sunderland game but he should be fit for this weekend. That gives us options on whether we play Phil Jones at the back or in midfield.
"Without Ryan then obviously Phil would definitely be playing in defence."