Motherwell have taken Nottingham Forest’s United States Under 23 international Gboly Ariyibi on loan until the end of the current season.
The 23-year-old forward is the second addition of the January window, following the recent arrival of Ross McCormack from Aston Villa.
“I am delighted to join and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club and the league and as soon as I spoke with the manager, I knew this is where I wanted to come.”
Born in Arlington, Virginia to Nigerian parents, Ariyibi spent the majority of his life in England, but for a short time living in Lagos.
He came through the youth ranks at Southampton before moving to Leeds United, where he teamed with McCormack.
He made his Championship debut almost exactly five years ago against his current club, Nottingham Forest, before a short-term loan to Tranmere Rovers.
Following his release by Leeds in 2014, Ariyibi joined Chesterfield and turned out 96 times for the Spireites across two-and-a-half seasons, before being bought by Forest for an undisclosed fee in the January 2017 window.
Although he has yet to make his senior debut at the City Ground, he has clocked up another 40 matches in League One with loans at MK Dons and Northampton.
“We’ve been tracking the player for quite some time and I am really pleased to get this agreed and over the line,” ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said.
“He’s a fast-footed, speedy forward player who can plays on either flank or through the middle. He fits the type of profile we were looking for and will hopefully provide a different dimension in the forward areas.
“Going into the window, we were keen to boost our attacking options and with Ross and Gboly, we’ve made a good start.”