The Cobblers have made their move on transfer deadline day by signing winger Paul Anderson on a one-year deal.
The 28-year-old was released from his Bradford City contract by mutual consent on Thursday morning, and has quickly signed on at Sixfields ahead of the transfer window closing.
Anderson began his Hull City before being signed by Liverpool, and after loan spells at Swansea City and Nottingham Forest, he signed a permanent deal at the City Ground, costing them £250,000.
In all he made more than 100 appearances for Forest before moving on to Bristol City, and then on to Ipswich Town.
He spent two years at Portman Road, making more than 70 appearances, before joining Bradford on a free in the summer of 2015.
Anderson started his Valley Parade career as a first-team regular, but a broken leg suffered in a match against Peterborough last September meant he missed most of the season.
The player did return for the Bantams’ final few games and appeared in both legs of the their play-off semi-final loss to Millwall.
This season, Anderson has been restricted to three substitute appearances in the league and one start in the EFL Cup, and manager Stuart McCall has allowed him to move on.
Cobblers boss Rob Page has won the race to sign the Leicester-born player, and is delighted.
“Paul is a player of proven quality with a lot of Championship experience, and this is a good signing for us,” said the Town boss.
“I have been pleased with the way we have started the season generally, and Tuesday apart (in the 3-0 defeat to Wycombe) we have looked solid defensively, but we have been looking to add more quality to our offensive play, and Paul will bring that.
“He has pace, he can deliver balls with quality and he creates goals for others.
“He is an out and out attacking threat, he offers genuine width, and he can play on either flank as required.
“He is a good age, he is a talent and he can create that moment of magic in a game that can make the difference.
“We have beaten off interest from other clubs to sign Paul and I think he will prove an excellent addition for us.”
In all, Anderson has made 209 senior starts and 83 substitute appearances for his various clubs, scoring 31 goals.