Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has told fans not to expect Yohan Cabaye to be a direct replacement for the recently departed Kevin Nolan.
"It's important that we replace Kevin with the right type of player but Cabaye will give us a different look," Pardew told BBC Newcastle.
"He's got a different style to the type of midfielders we have got."
The Frenchman's arrival on Tyneside marked the first summer purchase for Pardew, who has also added West Ham United striker Demba Ba to his squad.
"He was a big, top target of mine, we targeted him from Christmas onwards, I watched a lot of his games and I went to watch him personally," Pardew added.
"He has a lovely feel with the ball and he's a clever passer, he can put the pass in between centre halves and full-backs and release strikers and wide players.
"He has a creative influence the Newcastle public will enjoy, he's a top lad and this is a sound purchase by us, hopefully he can find his feet quickly."
Cabaye, 25, ended a seven-year association with Lille when he signed a five-year deal with Newcastle, and made his international debut against Norway in August 2010.