Kilmarnock sign Dapo Kayode while Charlee Adams and Luke Hendrie join on loan

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Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark has made his 15th signing of the summer after landing defender Dapo Kayode on a one-year deal.

The former Fulham youngster was a free agent after leaving Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.

Clark, who earlier this summer unveiled 11 new arrivals on one day, has also wrapped up six-month loan deals for Birmingham midfielder Charlee Adams and Burnley right-back Luke Hendrie.

Now he hopes to have all three of his latest additions in his squad for Saturday’s trip to Dingwall for the match with Ross County.

Clark handed 21-year-old Adams his first-team debut during his stint as Blues boss and was delighted he was able to overcome rival offers.

Speaking before news emerged of the move for Kayode, the Killie manager said: “I know Charlee very well. I gave him his debut and he’s gone on to play more games under Gary Rowett.

“He’s had a couple of loan moves at Lincoln already and we’ve fought off some late competition to get him from clubs in League One down south, so we’re very happy with that.

“He’s a very dynamic, aggressive midfield player who can also play centre-half. “When I got the nod yesterday that he was available, I was surprised but thankfully we moved very quickly to get him.”

Former England youth international Hendrie has previously had loan stints with Hartlepool and Jackie McNamara’s York.

The 21-year-old, who is the son of former Newcastle and Middlesbrough winger John Hendrie, made 18 appearances for the Minstermen but could not prevent them finishing bottom of League Two.

But having asked midfielder Greg Taylor to fill in at full-back so far this season, Clark hopes Hendrie can now provide his side with some defensive expertise.

“Luke is an out-and-out right-back,” Clark said. “We felt that with Greg Taylor being a young player, it would be hard enough coming into the first team without having to play a different position than he does normally.

“He’s done a sterling job but we felt we needed a specialist in there. Luke has had periods out on loan at York and at Hartlepool. He comes from good stock, I know his father very well. We think he can give us something a bit different.”

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