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AFC Bournemouth secure signing of James Hill

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AFC Bournemouth have signed defender James Hill from Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee.

19-year-old centre-back Hill has impressed since breaking into the first team at Highbury last season and had attracted widespread interest both at home and abroad.

He became the youngest player ever to represent The Cod Army when he made his debut aged 16 in an EFL Cup tie against Leicester City in 2018.

Hill has represented England under-20s on four occasions and was called up to the under-21s squad for the first time in November.

He has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vitality Stadium and becomes the Cherries’ first signing of the January transfer window. Hill will wear the number 23 shirt. 

Neill Blake, AFC Bournemouth Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have James on board. He is a player who is a great fit for the club and I’m sure will prove to be a huge asset for us.

"Unsurprisingly there was a lot of interest in James and the fact he has chosen to come here speaks volumes for this club and the direction the team is moving in under Scott Parker.”

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