SOLANKE AND CLYNE JOIN BOURNEMOUTH WITH DEFOE SET FOR RANGERS


AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of England international striker Dominic Solanke on a long-term contract.

The 21-year-old arrives from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee rumoured to be worth in the region of £19 million.

Solanke began his career at Chelsea before joining Liverpool in July 2017 and made his senior England debut against Brazil in November 2017.

He had been due to join Crystal Palace on loan this month but the London club pulled out due to concerns over his fitness.

But Solanke is now looking forward to starting a new chapter at Bournemouth.

He said: “I think the club is going somewhere. Over the past few years, they have been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes as well. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.

“I spoke with the manager this morning [Friday]. He is a really nice guy. From playing and watching the Premier League, I know the sort of manager he is. I was excited to meet him and am really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’s about.”

Defender Nathaniel Clyne has also joined Bournemouth from Liverpool, but only on loan

The England right-back will stay with the Cherries until the end of the 2018-19 season and is eligible for Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Clyne said: “I’m really excited by this opportunity. It’s great chance for me to come and play football.

“I’ve spoken to the manager and we’ve talked about what we can achieve for the remainder of the season. It’s a great club with a great story. I can’t wait to get going.”

The arrival of Solanke is set to coincide with Jermain Defoe joining Scottish side Rangers on an 18 month loan deal.

Defoe been restricted to just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and hasn’t scored since the end of March.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants the 36-year-old former England striker to bolster his attacking options as the Ibrox club seek to maintain their challenge to Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

 

 

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