Seven months later than originally envisaged Loïc Rémy arrived on Tyneside and agreed a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers on Monday night.
The deal, concluded after the France striker underwent an exhaustive medical, cost Newcastle United a £2m facilitation fee and, should all go well, is likely to turn into a permanent transfer next June.
The 26-year-old had been en route to St James' Park for nearly £9m from his former club Marseille in January only for the switch to be hijacked by Harry Redknapp.
Although Rémy scored six goals in 14 appearances he failed to prevent QPR being relegated to the Championship and they were anxious to be relieved of the forward's £70,000-a-week wages.
Redknapp had wanted to sell Rémy outright but, with the player on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape, Newcastle were not prepared, initially at least, to make the deal permanent. Rémy, who denies the allegation, expects to find out next month whether he will be charged.
He becomes the first senior recruit of a turbulent, confusing summer on Tyneside dominated by Joe Kinnear's controversial appointment as director of football.
Rémy said: "I'm very happy to be a Newcastle player. It will be a huge honour to play for such a big club. I am very motivated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my country. I know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful campaign with Newcastle United. I am focused on helping the team achieve success this season and scoring as many goals as I can."
Alan Pardew, was relieved Kinnear had finally secured one of the two new strikers he craves. "Loïc is a great player and I'm delighted that Joe has got him on board for us," said the manager. "He'll give us strength and pace up front and I'm sure he'll bring plenty of goals."
Pardew still hopes to welcome another France striker, Bafétimbi Gomis, from Lyon before the season begins but that transfer, although agreed in principle, has been complicated by agents' demands.
Darren Bent, a long-term Pardew target, seems more likely to swap Aston Villa for Fulham or, possibly, Crystal Palace than Newcastle.