Sunderland striker returns to Bournemouth on a free transfer


From the Stadium of Light to the Vitality stadium for 34-year old Jermain Defoe as he signs a three-year deal with Bournemouth. 






The England veteran joins the Cherries on a free transfer, returning to the club after having played for Bournemouth as a teenager while on loan from West Ham.






“When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one. It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be.”Jermain Defoe




Young defender joins AFC Bournemouth from Chelsea


Dutch international Nathan Ake signs long-term deal with the Cherries. 


22-year old centre-back Nathan Ake has completed a permanent transfer from Premier League champions Chelsea to AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed club record-fee.




Having spent the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan at Bournemouth, Ake made 12 appearances for the Cherries and scored 3 goals before being recalled by Chelsea in January 2017, going on to help Chelsea lift the title and reach the FA Cup final.






“It’s an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more. The fans haven’t seen the best of me yet. With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player.”Nathan Ake






The player was bought for a fee of £20million on a long-term deal with the club. Ake becomes the Cherries’ third signing of the summer following former Chelsea team-mate Asmir Begovic – who signed earlier in the transfer window – and Jermain Defoe who was announced on a free transfer from relegated Sunderland yesterday.


Will Bournemouth be able to finish in the Top 10 of the table again next season with these signings? Let us know in the comments below. 

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