BURNLEY have tonight made Tendayi Darikwa their fourth summer signing, on a three-year deal from Chesterfield.

The versatile right back, who can also play as a right winger, was a target for a number of Championship rivals after indicating his desire to leave the League One club.

Preston North End and Leeds United, who Burnley face on the opening day of the season next weekend, were among the teams who had tracked the 23-year-old.

But once the Clarets registered their interest it is understood they moved swiftly into pole position for his signature.

Darikwa was in Burnley for talks earlier today, and contract talks were wrapped up quickly tonight.

The wide man impressed against the Clarets in last weekend’s friendly at the Proact Stadium, where Chesterfield secured a late 3-2 win, with Darikwa involved in one of the goals, while also contributing a goal-line clearance to deny Burnley.

And Clarets boss Sean Dyche admitted his display was the deciding factor in making a bid for a player who was on their radar.

“We are delighted to add Tendayi to the squad,” said Dyche.

“He is someone we have had our eye on for a while and after playing against Chesterfield last weekend, his performance confirmed our thoughts and made the decision for us.

“He is definitely one who can push for a place in the team now, but also one for the future because we are confident we can improve him as a player because he has a great desire to learn.”

The exact fee for is not known, but is thought to be in the region of £600,000.

Chesterfield were keen to keep hold of one of their prized assets.

Darikwa played more than 100 games for the Spireites after signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2010 and breaking into the first team later that year.