AFC Bournemouth have now confirmed the signing of Blackburn Rovers winger Connor Mahoney, with Mahoney signing a four year contract at Dean Court.
Last month it was reported that the 20 year winger was set to join the Cherries as he was out of contract with Blackburn Rovers.
With Blackburn relegated to the third tier of English football, Mahoney looked keen to move and was heavily linked with Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Mahoney had reportedly already had a medical and agreed personal terms with the Championship side, however due to Mahoney’s age the clubs would need to agree a compensation fee and Nottingham Forest could not agree a fee with Blackburn Rovers.
This had apparently left the window open for AFC Bournemouth to make their move and the Nottingham Post reported…
‘Howe hijacked the deal at the last minute, and the England youth international has ended up at Bournemouth, with the Cherries still thrashing out compensation with Blackburn.’
The report also made reference to the apparent situation that ‘Mahoney rejected the chance to join Nottingham Forest’s first team squad to join Bournemouth’s Under-23s.’
Mahoney made his Football League debut for Accrington Stanley in August 2013 and made 6 appearances before joining Blackburn Rovers less than five months later.
He made 24 appearances for Blackburn Rovers, with all but 3 of those appearances coming during the 2016/17 campaign, including 3 appearances for Blackburn Rovers Under 23’s in the Football League Trophy.
After signing for AFC Bournemouth, Mahoney told afcb.co.uk…
“I think I`m ready to step up and challenge myself, I`m a young, hungry player, who wants to attack and get past my man.
“I like to get fans off their seat and I`m trying to make my way in the game.
“Working with Eddie Howe and his coaching staff will be a dream come true, so to be able to do that day in, day out will get the best out of me.”
Seems like exactly the sort of player who does well under Howe, a quick and direct attacker.
Would be good to have a look at him in pre-season and see where abouts he fits in the pecking order. – Join the conversation here.
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