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Tindall: Fans will love Rantie

Posted: Wed 28 Aug 2013

Assistant manager Jason Tindall celebrates the win over Wigan at the Goldsands Stadium.

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Jason Tindall has described new signing Tokelo Rantie as a ‘fantastic talent’ who will get supporters off their seats.

Tindall, who watched Rantie play for Swedish side Malmo against Swansea in a Europa League play-off qualifier earlier this season, added the 22-year-old forward had been the club’s number one transfer target.

“I imagine he will be unknown to people in England, but he is a very exciting prospect and a fantastic talent,” he told Hot Radio.

“He’s a full international as well and I’m sure he will have the fans on the edge of their seats. He’s very dynamic, skilful and intelligent, so we are delighted with the signing of Tokelo.

“He was recommended to us by our new head of player recruitment Dave Webb and we have done a lot of research on him since then.

“I’ve seen him a couple of times live and he’s a player who will improve the squad. I saw him play against Swansea and Malmo were beaten comfortably on the day, but he was the one player who caused them problems every time he got the ball.

“He was sought after across Europe and a number of teams enquired about him and put offers in to Malmo, so it is testament to the football club that we have managed to secure his services with the amount of competition that we had.

“It shows the direction we are going in, the ambition of the club and I think it sends out a statement to everybody as well.” 

Rantie’s move to the Goldsands Stadium is subject to international clearance and a work permit, but Tindall is confident the South African international will improve the Cherries’ attacking options.

“It was important that we signed another striker who was different to those we have got here. We are blessed with good strikers and Tokelo will add something different and make us really strong,” he said.

“There are still a few boxes to tick and he needs a work permit. Sometimes that’s a process that takes a couple of days and sometimes it goes to appeal and takes longer.

“We are hoping to have him available soon but if it does take longer, then hopefully he will be ready for our next home game.”

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