Huddersfield Town have snapped up Croatian midfielder Ivan Paurevic from the Russian top flight.
The 6ft 5in 24-year-old is the club’s second signing in a day after Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Joel Coleman.
Town are also being strongly linked with Southend United midfielder Jack Payne.
Paurevic played under Town head coach David Wagner at Borussia Dortmund II, wining promotion to the German third tier in 2012, having started out at Rot-Weiss Essen.
Born in Germany but a Croatian national, he has spent the last two years with Russian club FC Ufa, and has joined for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.
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He has also had spell at Fortuna Dusseldorf and was capped by Croatia at Under 19 and 21 level.
Paurevic can play centre-back but is considered mainly to be a central midfielder.
Wagner said: “I talked last season about needing a good balance between attack and defence.
“Ivan is a player who will help us do this.
“He’s a great team player, with good technique and football intelligence.
“He’s also a good physical presence in the middle of the pitch.
“Just as importantly, I know he is a great character from our time together at Dortmund.
“He will fit into our group very well.”