London - Bournemouth have completed the signing of Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke for a reported fee of £19 million.
Solanke's arrival was the first of two moves from Anfield to the
Vitality Stadium on Friday, with Reds defender Nathaniel Clyne also
joining on loan until the end of the season.
It is expected that Solanke's switch to the south-coast will pave the
way for Bournemouth's veteran striker Jermain Defoe to join Rangers on
an 18-month loan.
Solanke began his career at Chelsea, playing a season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem before joining Liverpool in 2017.
He made 27 appearances for Liverpool in his first season but has not featured for Jurgen Klopp's side in the current campaign.
The 21-year-old is keen to play first-team football, having left
Chelsea for that reason but had little chance of displacing the trio of
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah at Liverpool.
"I think the club (Bournemouth) is going somewhere," Solanke told
afcbTV. "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."
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."
Clyne, 27, is in a similar position to Solanke having seen his
first-team chances reduced due to the form of Liverpool defenders Trent
Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.
The right-back has played just five times this season and managed
only a similar number in the previous campaign because of a back
"I'm really excited by this opportunity. It's a great chance for me to come and play football," Clyne said.
"I've spoken to the manager and we've talked about what we can
achieve for the remainder of the season. It's a great club with a great
story. I can't wait to get going."