Aberdeen have signed Venezuelan defender Ronald Hernandez on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The international right-back joins from Norwegian side Stabaek and becomes their first representative from the South American country.
Hernandez has represented Venezuela 15 times and played in the under-20 World Cup final two years ago.
The 22-year-old joins up with his new Dons team-mates in Glasgow and goes into the squad to face Rangers tomorrow.
He said: “I am so excited to start my journey with the team, with Aberdeen. I cannot wait to get started.
“I want to continue to build myself and continue to improve my football and I see the Scottish League and Aberdeen as giving me a really great opportunity to show my own great football.
“I’m really happy. It’s a very important step for me to join this great club.”
He started his career with Zamora in his homeland and had been waiting in Paris to receive visa clearance before the move could be finalised.
The club have made history this afternoon by completing the signing of their first ever @FVF_Oficial international.
Ronald Hernandez is joining the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) January 31, 2020
Manager Derek McInnes said: “In a race against time, we’ve pulled out all the stops to get Hernandez to Pittodrie and part of the squad for this weekend and everyone is excited about his potential.
“He’s a young player, but he’s already got 15 caps for Venezuela, albeit in a number of friendlies. He’s played against the likes of Argentina with Messi and their stars and he’s done enough over the last couple of seasons to suggest that he’s going the right way.
“When I first spoke to Ronald, he was very keen to come and experience the Scottish Premiership with Aberdeen. Now, we have got him onboard with us, he can hopefully reach his full potential and be a valuable asset going forward.”
Hernandez will be contracted to the club until 2024, tying him to the Dons for the same time as Lewis Ferguson and Joe Lewis.