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Bournemouth complete permanent signing of Dominic Solanke

AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of striker of Nigerian descent Dominic Solanke from Liverpool on a permanent deal.

The Cherries snapped up the 21-year-old forward for an undisclosed fee (reported to be about £19m) and the player has signed a long-term contract.

Speaking to AFCB TV after putting pen to paper for Bournemouth, 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.”

Solanke began his career at Chelsea’s U-15 team in 2014, was farmed out on loan to Dutch side Vitesse while rising through the ranks at the West London side, before signing for Liverpool in July 2017.

He made 27 appearances for the Reds’ first team, registering one goal and one assist.

Born in Basingstoke – a town in Southern England to a Nigerian father and an English mother, Solanke is eligible to represent both the Three Lions and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Fortunately for England, and unfortunately for Nigeria, the striker decided to play for the country of his birth over Nigeria for the sole reason that he has been rising through the ranks of England’s age-grade teams for quite a while before Nigeria came for him.

He made his international debut for the Three Lions in an international friendly against Brazil in November 2017, but he is nonetheless eligible for an switch of allegiance to Nigeria as he has not been capped in a competitive game for England.

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