LEFT-BACK Charlie Taylor has joined Southampton on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal, ahead of the 2024/25 Premier League season.

The 30 year old arrives having spent the past seven seasons at Burnley, most recently featuring as they were relegated from the Premier League.

He made 28 league appearances at Turf Moore last term as Vincent Kompany's finished 19th, a year on from winning the Championship.

A product of the Leeds United youth system, Taylor went on to represent the side at senior level on 104 occasions.

“I’m really excited,” said Taylor. “It just feels like the right fit. Everyone I spoke to about the club have only got great words to say. So excited and can’t wait to get started.

“We spoke briefly on the phone, to begin with, and straight away [Russell Martin] really impressed me.

"The way he talks about football is the way I like to see it too. Him being the manager was a massive pulling point.

“I feel as though it was too good an opportunity to turn down. Ever since I’ve come down here I’ve just had a good feel, surrounded by good people.

"It’s a huge club, back in the Premier League now. It’ll be a good experience for me.”

Russell Martin said: “Charlie brings a wealth of Premier League experience to the side which will be vital for us.

“He’s a great character who will fit into what we’re building here. Technically he’s a gifted passer of the ball and has versatility.

“I’m delighted we’ve brought him in. It’s going to take everyone again next season, so it’s important we have competition for places across the board.”

Taylor had been offered new terms at the Lancashire club but has decided to make the move down south to continue playing Premier League football.

His arrival comes following Adam Lallana's return to Staplewood and today's confirmation that Taylor Harwood-Bellis has signed a four-year deal.