Burnley have announced the signing of midfielder Dale Stephens from Brighton on a two-year deal.
Stephens returns to Lancashire for a reported £1 million fee having grown up in Bolton and starting out his football career at Bury.
The 31-year-old becomes Burnley’s first outfield addition to the squad in the summer transfer window, with goalkeeper Will Norris also joining the Clarets last month.
Speaking to the Burnley website, Stephens said: “I’m very happy. It’s probably taken a few more years than expected but I’m happy to get it over the line this week and finally become a Burnley player.
“It’s nice to come back to where the family resides, but most importantly I’m coming back to a Premier League football club that’s done well in recent years in this league and I’m excited for that challenge.”
Stephens spent six years on the south coast, making 223 appearances for the Seagulls and helping them win promotion back to England’s top flight in 2017.
He’s also had spells at North-West sides Droylsden, Hyde, Oldham and Rochdale throughout his career.
The central midfielder has been given the number 16 shirt and will add to Sean Dyche’s options for Saturday evening’s game at home against another of his former sides, Southampton.