Burnley defender Charlie Taylor has completed a free transfer to Southampton after seven years at Turf Moor.

Taylor arrived in East Lancashire from Leeds in the summer of 2017 and went on to make more than 150 appearances in the Premier League.

The full-back was part of the squad that finished seventh under Sean Dyche in 2018 and featured in the Europa League qualifying rounds the following campaign.

He has now put pen to paper over a two-year contract at St Mary’s as the Saints aim to build on last season’s promotion from the Championship.

“I’m really excited,” he told the club website. “It just feels like the right fit. Everyone I spoke to about the club have only got great words to say, I’m 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 and it will be a good experience for me.”

Taylor made 30 appearances last term as the Clarets were relegated from the Premier League, scoring in a 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth last October.

Martin added: “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.”