Welcome aboard Gooch
He's big, he looks hard and he looks like he'll take no grief from anybody.
And if he stops United conceding sloppy goals it can only be a good thing, right?
Welcome aboard Oguchi Onyewu.
The big American defender arrives at 24 as one of Standard Liege's best players but nobody can get too excited by that can they?
After all the Belgian League is hardly Serie A.
But move on we must.
Marseille also wanted the man we are going to call Gooch as did Fulham along with a host of other clubs we are told.
Yet he's opted for Newcastle and as we sit and wait for further news today, it doesn't as yet look like he will be joined by anybody else.
French striker Fredi Piquionne may also jump aboard but with his club St Etienne refusing to budge due to their insistence, the loan deal must be made permanent in the summer, the 28-year-old could be staying where he is.
And that means that Albert Luque could also be staying put because PSV Eindhoven won't get their man if Piquionne doesn't come to Tyneside.
But would United need Piquionee after the season's out with Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi both set to return?
Catch 22 indeed.
However, who would have thought that Antoine Sibierski would have rolled up with the clock close to midnight back in August?
Even if anyone does sign today it's a million miles from 20,000 fans turning up to see Owen put pen to paper on a day in 2005 that now seems a decade ago.
But grumble we must not.
Don't forget there is the small matter of a game of football tonight against Aston Villa too.
And with the American owned club being the visitors the same night Gooch watches his first game he'll feel right at home.