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Cherries complete Solanke swoop

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AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of England international striker Dominic Solanke.

The 21-year-old arrives from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Vitality Stadium.

Solanke began his career at Chelsea, rising through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and enjoying a season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse, before joining Liverpool in July 2017.

As well as playing for the Reds in domestic competitions, Solanke also featured in Liverpool’s run to last season’s Champions League final, and made his senior England debut against Brazil in November 2017.

Speaking to afcbTV, Solanke 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.

“My main target is to score goals and, being a striker, hopefully I can get a few for the team and help the team get wins. Playing in the Premier League, every game is tough and together we can try to do as well as we can.”

AFC Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, said: “Dominic is technically gifted, very athletic and has the physical profile that will give us something different in our front line.

“He has done very well for England at various age groups, has a huge amount of potential and I’m really excited about working with him.”

AFC Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, added: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure the signing of one of the country’s best young strikers.

“Dominic is a fantastic talent who has a huge future and he will provide us with great competition in the final third.

“This signing is another statement of the club’s intention to develop young players while building a squad that is capable of competing with the best in the Premier League.”

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