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Monday 01 September 2014

Burnley swoop for Boyd and Chalobah

Scotland international Boyd leaves Hull; England U21 midfielder Chalobah joins from Chelsea on loan

  • Winger George Boyd made 30 Barclays Premier League appearances for Hull City

  • Nathaniel Chalobah also moves to Burnley on loan from Chelsea until January 2015

Burnley have completed the signing of Hull City midfielder George Boyd to Turf Moor for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old Scotland international, who has signed a three-year deal with the Clarets, started his footballing education with Charlton Athletic in 2000 aged 15, before joining Stevenage Borough in 2001.

Boyd made his debut at The Lamex Stadium at 17 in the 2002/03 season and went on to make 126 appearances for the club, scoring 31 goals, before joining Peterborough United in 2007. Boyd's career took off at London Road where the winger's attacking flair proved pivotal to the clubs back-to-back promotions to the Championship.

"I've been in the game a long time and if all professional footballers were like George Boyd my job would be easy"
Steve Bruce

Named in the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year in 2007/08 and 2008/09, his impressive form continued in the second tier, and after 297 appearances and 75 goals, Boyd joined Hull midway through their promotion campaign in 2012/13 on a loan deal with a view to a permanent move.

After scoring four goals in 13 appearances to help them finish runners-up in the Championship, Boyd made the permanent switch in May 2013.

The Kent-born attacking midfielder featured 30 times in the Barclays Premier League for Steve Bruce's side, scoring two goals in the 2013/14 campaign and coming off the bench in the 2014 FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Speaking of Boyd's departure from the KC Stadium, Hull manager Steve Bruce said: "I've been in the game a long time and if all professional footballers were like George Boyd my job would be easy."

Chalobah arrives at Burnley on season-long loan

Nathaniel Chalobah has become Burnley’s second deadline day signing of the summer transfer window after joining the Clarets on a loan deal until January 2015 from Chelsea.

The England Under-21 midfielder, who came through Chelsea’s academy system, moves to Turf Moor after spending the 2013/14 campaign in the Championship, with loan spells at Nottingham Forest and then Middlesbrough from January.

Previously, Chalobah helped Watford reach the 2012/13 Championship play-off final after an impressive season-long loan, before the Hornets missed out on promotion to the Barclays Premier League after defeat to Crystal Palace.

Chalobah will be hoping to make his Barclays Premier League debut when the Clarets travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday 13 September, but the midfielder, who is on duty for England U21s in the international break, has a wealth of experience at different youth levels for his country.

In 2010, Chalobah won the UEFA Under-17 European Championship with England, in the same year he won the first of two FA Youth Cups with Chelsea, and he went on to establish himself as a key part of the England U21 squad, who face U21 European Championship qualifiers against Lithuania and Moldova this month.

The arrival of Chalobah and Boyd follows the recruitment of forwards Lukas Jutkiewicz, Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly, midfielder Matt Taylor, full-backs Steven Reid and Stephen Ward and goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

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