Tranmere Rovers have signed Senegalese midfielder Ousmane Kane on a six-month deal with the option of a further 12 months with the League Two club.
The 22-year-old had a trial spell with the club during September and October last year.
"Ousmane is a player who we identified as having a considerable amount of potential," boss Nigel Adkins said.
"It's a significant move to come from Dakar to Wirral, so we're not going to pressure him to perform immediately."
Adkins continued: "The six-month contract allows the club and Ousmane to see how the rest of the season goes and how he settles and acclimatises to English football before reviewing our options in the summer."
The club said they had "successfully obtained a Governing Body Endorsement from the Football Association", meaning he is eligible for an international sportsperson visa from the Home Office, enabling him to live and work in the UK.
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