Cash-rich Manchester City signed winger Adam Johnson from second-tier outfit Middlesbrough on Monday's transfer deadline day for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League club announced.
The 22-year-old former England Under-21 international, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract, has gone straight into the squad for Saturday's match against Hull. Johnson, who scored four goals in 19 games for England's Under-21 side, scored 13 goals in 96 appearances for 'Boro.
The 22-year-old made his senior debut for Middlesbrough in a UEFA Cup tie aged 17 and his Premier League debut six months later in a 2-1 home win over Arsenal.
City, bankrolled by Abu Dhabi based billionaire Sheikh Mansour, have become known for spending big on high-profile foreign signings such as Brazil forward Robinho, who joined for a British record £32.5 million from Spanish giants Real Madrid but last month returned to Santos, his first club.
But City manager Roberto Mancini, speaking to City's website on Monday, said: "We are delighted that Adam has chosen to come here. He is a very good player with fantastic potential, and as a club we are always keen to sign British talent."
City are currently sixth in the Premier League, a point outside the Champions League places.