BURNLEY have this afternoon confirmed the signing of defender Chris Baird until the end of the season, subject to FA and Football League approval.

The Northern Ireland international has joined the Clarets on a free transfer having been without a club since leaving Reading in January.

The 32-year-old former Southampton and Fulham player has penned a two-month contract and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's game at Charlton Athletic.

Baird can play both in defence and central midfield.