Tom Huddlestone, widely regarded as one of the most talented teenagers in England, has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a month's loan from Tottentham Hotspur.
The 18-year-old England Under-21 midfield player, whose versatility has also seen him gain experience as a centre-back, made his name with Derby County last season before joining Tottenham for £2.5 million in the summer.
Glenn Hoddle, the Wolves manager, is in need of recruits after enduring an injury crisis that has threatened to derail the club's Coca-Cola Championship promotion aspirations.
Huddlestone has yet to feature in the Tottenham team - the London club are enjoying their best Premiership start for some time - and Wolves provides him with a chance to fulfil his potential. Hoddle regards the move as one that benefits all parties.
"He is a very good young player who we have seen in action for Derby and England Under-21s," Hoddle said. "He needs to be out on loan because he's not getting any football at Tottenham at the moment.
"He can play centre-half or midfield so it's good that he can give us some options. He is an excellent passer of the ball and I just feel at the moment we need a bit of presence in midfield on the defensive side."
There is little possibility of the deal becoming permanent but Huddlestone's arrival will at least provide Hoddle with extra options.
Carl Cort, Wolves' leading scorer, is to undergo an exploratory operation after sustaining a knee injury.
The 27-year-old former Newcastle United striker has suffered swelling around the joint and will undergo keyhole surgery in a bid to ascertain the extent of the problem.