A deal has been agreed to make former Premier League defender Alex Baptiste the club's first signing of the summer.

The 29-year-old trained with Aitor Karanka's squad for the first time on Monday afternoon before completing the formalities of a deal that will see him sign a three-year contract with the club.

Baptiste has clocked up over 300 career appearances, having progressed through the ranks at Mansfield Town before joining Blackpool in the summer of 2008.

The defender played a key role in the Seasiders rise to the Premier League - he made 21 appearances for the club in the top-flight -  before joining Bolton in 2013.

Baptiste spent much of last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, where he figured 34 times, and the Ewood Park club were reportedly keen to make his move permanent during the summer.

Baptiste is a versatile defender who can play anywhere in the back four.