Bournemouth complete £19m signing of Dominic Solanke from Liverpool

Dominic Solanke has joined Bournemouth from Liverpool in a permanent transfer worth at least £19million.

Eddie Howe views the 21-year-old England international striker as an ideal replacement for Jermain Defoe who is bound for Rangers.

Solanke had been on the brink of a move to Crystal Palace earlier in the week but the loan switch collapsed when interest from other clubs in a permanent transfer emerged.

Brighton, FA Cup third round opponents at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, were also keen but Bournemouth won the chase and confirmed the deal on Friday.

‘It’s a good club to be at, especially for someone of my age,’ said Solanke, who fits neatly into Howe’s philosophy which is built on young and hungry home-grown players and quick and direct strikers.

Bournemouth are also set to sign Nathaniel Clyne on loan for the rest of the season from Liverpool to cover injured full-backs Adam Smith and Simon Francis.

Premier League rules prevent them from taking two players on loan from the same club and Howe was thrilled to land Solanke, who is still recovering from a slight hamstring problem.

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