Date: 19th August 2016 at 8:12am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his summer recruitment is 99% completed.

The Cherries have brought in seven new signings over the summer.

Arriving on the south coast on a season long loan deal from Chelsea is utility player Nathan Ak√©, a 21 year old Dutch Under 21’s international.

On a permanent basis, AFC Bournemouth have broken their record transfer fee on Jordon Ibe, paying £15million for the 20 year old England Under 21’s international.

Liverpool team-mate and 22 year old Australian international Brad Smith also joined for around £3million.

20 year old, United States of America international Emerson Hyndman joined for around £750,000 from Fulham.

20 year old France Under 20’s international Lys Mousset joined from French club Le Havre for ?7.3million, 19 year old England Under 19’s international Lewis Cook joined from Leeds United for around £10million.

The final signing added a little bit of experience to the squad in the form of 29 year old Republic Of Ireland international Marc Wilson from Stoke for £1.5million.

With the sales of Matt Ritchie to Newcastle United for around £12million, Tommy Elphick to Aston Villa for around £3.25million, Lee Tomlin to Bristol City for around £3million and Shaun MacDonald to Wigan for £250,000, the Cherries have made a net spend of around £12million this summer.

Howe believes the majority of his business has now been concluded, but hinted towards hoping to sign one more youngster.

Howe told afcb.co.uk

‘I`m satisfied that we`re 99% of the way there, We don`t want to add too many more to the squad, there`s potentially one position we`ll look at – a younger talent. Unless we did that deal we will stay as we are.

‘I do feel it`s a stronger squad than last year, we have more numbers and a very good work ethic. When you recruit you have to make sure you don`t lose your identity and the pleasing thing for me is that everyone has had a great mentality towards their training.

‘I`ve gone on record to say it`s difficult to attract Premier League players in their prime, we`ve gone down a younger route of recruitment, but we`re delighted with the players we`ve brought in, they`ve got great character, attitude and will be very good players for us.’


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