Coventry City sign defenders Jack Stephens and Baily Cargill

Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens made 41 appearances for Swindon Town in League One last season

Coventry City have made two deadline day loan signings, bringing in two defenders from Premier League clubs.

Southampton's Jack Stephens, 22, and Bournemouth's Baily Cargill, 20, have signed until the end of the season.

Coventry have also extended 34-year-old ex-Republic of Ireland international winger Stephen Hunt's short-term deal until the end of the season.

And they will still have use of teenage midfielder James Maddison, on loan, after selling him to Norwich City.

"I've made no secret of my desire to bolster our defensive options," said City boss Tony Mowbray, whose Sky Blues side have slipped to fifth in League One after picking up just one point out of a possible 12 from their last four games.

With top scorer Adam Armstrong and fellow Newcastle United man Gael Bigirimana and Norwich City striker Jacob Murphy already at the Ricoh Arena, the arrival of City's two new signings and Maddison's change of circumstances bring their total of current loan players to six.

The rules allow any club to have five loanees only in a match-day squad.

Background on Sky Blues' new loan players

Stephens will undertake his second loan of the season after spending the first half of the campaign on loan at City boss Mowbray's old club, Championship side Middlesbrough.

The former England Under-21 international made his league debut as a 16-year-old with home-town club Plymouth Argyle before signing for Southampton for £150,000 in April 2011.

He spent last season on loan at Swindon Town, helping them to reach the League One play-offs, playing alongside City skipper Sam Ricketts.

Baily Cargill was only once on the losing side in 10 appearances for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth
Baily Cargill was only once on the losing side in 10 appearances for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, last season's League Cup quarter-final at home to Liverpool

Left-sided Cargill began his youth career at Leicester City, then Southampton before signing his first professional contract with Bournemouth in 2012.

All his 10 Cherries appearances have come in cup games, but he made his Football League debut on loan at Torquay two seasons ago, following a three-month loan in the non-league top flight with Welling United.

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