Ireland Under-21 international Gavin Kilkenny has signed a loan deal with Stoke City ahead of the new season.

The 22-year-old midfielder helped Bournemouth secure promotion to the Premier League last season, however, Kilkenny will now remain in the Championship having agreed the move to Michael O'Neill's side.

Stoke first team coach Rory Delap said: "We've been monitoring Gavin for a few years and we’ve taken the opportunity to bring him in.

"He’s a very good player; he builds the game and that’s something we felt we needed with Joe Allen having left the club and hopefully he’ll be a really good addition and help us play the way we want to play.

"He’s highly motivated, he wants to play and doesn’t want to sit on the bench and be a bit part player. That’s what we’ve targeted this season – players that are motivated to play, improve and make us a better team."

Everton have made their first signing of the summer with former Burnley defender James Tarkowski joining on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old's arrival had been anticipated after his contract at Turf Moor expired on Thursday, and he has now signed a four-year deal at Goodison Park.

"I'm excited to have joined Everton," said the twice-capped England defender. "It's a massive club. I'm really looking forward to the years ahead and I'm thankful for the opportunity that I've been given."

Everton, who have posted cumulative losses of more than #370million over the last three financial years, have needed to wait to begin their summer transfer business, but brought in vital funds with the sale of Richarlison to Tottenham earlier this week.

In Tarkowski, they have landed a defender who formed a strong partnership with Ben Mee during his six seasons at Burnley, where he made 194 Premier League appearances after signing from Brentford.

Though he could not avoid the drop with the Clarets last term, Tarkowski ranked first in the Premier League for both clearances and shots blocked, and was second for aerial duels won.

Frank Lampard will hope Tarkowski can now help fix an Everton defence that conceded the fifth-highest number of goals last term as the Toffees found themselves in a relegation battle until the final week of the season.

"I think the manager (Lampard) recognised my strengths, saw how I could fit into his system and hopefully improve the team," Tarkowski added. "He also saw my character and leadership skills - that what I can bring to a group will be good and positive.

"First and foremost, I'm a defender. That part of my game is something I've really worked on the past few years to become the best defender possible.

"I want to bring that to the team, but I also feel like I'm a good football player. I can move the ball well, I can pass, I can attack the ball in the other box, so I feel like I've got myself in a good place to be successful at a club like Everton."

Dean Henderson

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has completed his season-long loan switch to Nottingham Forest.

Having made headway in his battle with David De Gea to become number one at Old Trafford during the 2020-21 season, the 25-year-old played second fiddle last term.

Henderson's issues after contracting Covid-19 in pre-season did not help the homegrown goalkeeper in that fight in a campaign that ended with just three United appearances across all competitions.

The goalkeeper has now joined promoted Forest in search of regular first-team football, having flourished between the sticks during previous loan spells at Sheffield United between 2018 and 2020.

It is understood the agreement does not include an option to buy, with Steve Cooper's side covering his wages for the duration of the loan.

England international Henderson cannot play against United as part of the terms of the agreement.