Huddersfield Town have brought in AFC Bournemouth centre-back Elliott Ward on loan.
The 30-year-old has signed for a month initially, but there’s a possibility the deal could be extended.
Town have moved quickly after the opening of the Football League loan window, which runs until November 25.
Ward, who came through West Ham United’s youth system and made 21 appearances for the East London club, will come into contention for Saturday’s Championship game at Cardiff City.
Ward actually played with current Town manager Chris Powell in West Ham's victorious Championship play-off final winning team against Preston North End at the Millennium Stadium in 2005.
He has also been at Coventry City, who paid West Ham £1m in 2006, and Norwich City, and with various loan spells included, has played 290 games, scoring 22 goals.
Ward, born in Harrow, North London, joined Bournemouth in 2013, but has found himself sidelined after promotion to the Premier League.
Current Town defender Martin Cranie was a teammate at Coventry.
He becomes Town’s fourth loan signing after winger Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough), midfielder Emyr Huws (Wigan Athletic) and forward Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).
Town head to Cardiff third-bottom of the table and seeking a first win of the season at the seventh attempt in all competitions.
Cardiff are fifth and unbeaten in the league.