Championship club Burnley have made the permanent signing of Kieran Tripper from Manchester City.

The 21-year old defender joined the Clarets on loan in July last year and was set to stay at Turf Moor for a season but has now signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club.

"We are absolutely delighted to have Kieran on board," Burnley boss Eddie Howe told the club's official website.

"He has been a really huge part of our team, how we have played this year and how we want to go forward.

"He has just got better and better and I can't speak highly enough of him as a person and as a footballer.

"In the majority of cases, whenever we take loan players it's with a view to taking them permanently because I think that's the best way to use the loan system.

"The only debate was whether Manchester City were prepared to let him go. That was always going to be a sticking point, so we are absolutely delighted to get him."

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