SENEGAL international Pape Souare has signed for Crystal Palace - ending the club's long hunt for a new left-back.
The 24-year-old's arrival was confirmed on Friday night by Palace co-owner Steve Parish, who tweeted: "Delighted that Pape Souare has just this minute signed for Crystal Palace. A warm welcome from all of us."
Souare, who played for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations, joins from the French club Lille and becomes Alan Pardew's fourth signing of the January window, following the arrivals of Yaya Sanogo, Shola Ameobi, and Jordon Mutch.
It means the Eagles have finally filled a problem position, having been without a recognised, specialist left-back since Jon Parr and Dean Moxey departed the club last summer.
Palace did sign Zeki Fryers from Spurs on deadline day last summer but he failed to make an impact and is currently out on loan at Championship side Rotherham.
Martin Kelly and Joel Ward have filled in on the left, but are usually more comfortable playing at right-back.