“It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve got it over the line now and I can look forward to the coming weeks,” he said.

“I’m glad to be up here and ready to go.

“I know the area’s great for the family and I couldn’t ask for a better club, really. I’m excited to get going.

“I think this is where the passion is – the fans love their football and they are knowledgeable as well. It will be exciting to see what they think of me.

“Nobody says it’s going to be easy but I think this squad is the best I’ve been part of by far.

“The Premier League is where this club deserves to be and hopefully I can help with that.”