Solanke completes Bournemouth move

Bournemouth have signed England striker Dominic Solanke from Liverpool for a reported £19m.

Solanke, 21, had been due to join Crystal Palace on loan earlier this week but the deal fell through because of fitness concerns.

It is understood Solanke cannot move to the Cherries on loan under Premier League regulations.

“I think the club is going somewhere,” Solanke said.

“Over the past few years, they’ve been really good in the Premier League and had some good positional finishes. I think it’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age.”

Solanke made 21 league appearances for Juergen Klopp’s side last season, scoring one goal, but has not featured for the table-toppers in the current campaign with a muscle issue keeping him out of their recent games.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said he was "really excited" about working with Solanke.

"Dominic is technically gifted, very athletic and has the physical profile that will give us something different in our front line," said Howe.

Solanke, a former England youth international who has one senior cap against Brazil in 2017, joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2017 after his contract at Stamford Bridge ended.

The two clubs eventually came to an agreement over the fee, which had been due to be set by a tribunal.

The Under-20 World Cup winner made 21 appearances last season, 16 of which were from the bench, scoring one goal.

He never made a senior league appearance in three years at Chelsea, spending the 2015-16 season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, where he scored seven goals in 25 Eredivisie appearances.

Solanke is expected to fill in for Jermain Defoe in the second half of the season with the veteran striker on the verge of a switch to Scottish side Rangers, according to British media reports.

 

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