MK Dons have confirmed two signings and two exits on transfer deadline day, with midfielder Jake Hesketh and striker Stephen Walker joining, and attackers Peter Pawlett and Osman Sow leaving.

Hesketh signs on loan for the rest of the season from Southampton, while Walker has arrived from Middlesbrough.

Their arrivals mean MK Dons have signed 4 players in January, having previously signed defender Russell Martin and winger David Wheeler.

Hesketh was the first of the two arrivals to be confirmed, with his arrival confirmed from the Saints. The midfielder spent the early part of the season on loan with League One side Burton Albion, where he scored 3 times in 23 games – one of which being a winner over Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup.

Hesketh told iFollow MK Dons, “I’m looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team.

“I’d like to think I can bring some creativity, work-rate and a few goals and assists as well. The team are going for promotion so every goal matters – hopefully I can contribute in that sense.”

Walker then arrived at the club on loan from Middlesbrough, having previously been linked with the Teesiders’ fellow North East side Sunderland.

The England under-19 appearance made his senior debut for Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup earlier this season. He has scored 9 times in 15 appearances across 3 levels of England youth football.

Paul Tisdale was happy with his arrival, saying, “We are looking for some more energy and drive in our front line and Stephen will do that. I think he will be a very exciting addition to our squad for the remainder of the season.”

Meanwhile, Pawlett has left MK Dons after a year and a half with the club, and has left the club to return to Scotland to join Dundee United, where he has reunited with former Dons manager Robbie Neilson.

The attacker made 35 appearances for the Dons, and scored 4 times, but struggled for fitness in his time in Milton Keynes and has now returned to Scotland, where has linked up with the person who brought him to England in the summer of 2017.

Neilson’s side also swooped for Osman Sow as part of a busy deadline day for the Scottish Championship side that saw them confirm multiple signings.

Sow moves to Dundee United for an undisclosed fee. He played 29 times in all in his 18 months at MK Dons, scoring 3 times.