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When the call came, it was always going to be a yes

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AFC Bournemouth enjoyed a busy transfer deadline day, completing two signings from Swansea City and Celtic.

The first through the door at Dean Court was 27-year-old forward Jamal Lowe arriving from south Wales.

The Cherries and Lowe have agreed on a three-year contract, with AFC Bournemouth paying Championship rivals Swansea City an undisclosed fee, but widely reported to be in the region of ยฃ1.5million possibly rising to ยฃ2million (Wales Online).

He became the sixth signing under the new Scott Parker regime and the first to demand a fee with the Cherries previous deals solely being free transfers and loan agreements with the additions of Emiliano Marcondes (free transfer from Brentford), Leif Davis (on loan from Leeds United), Orjan Nyland (free transfer from Norwich City), Gary Cahil (free transfer from Crystal Palace) and Morgan Rogers (on loan from Manchester City).

Listed as a 6ft versatile attacker, capable of playing on either flank or through the middle, Lowe has played league football with Barnet, Portsmouth, Wigan Athletic and Swansea City, as well as having spells in non-league with Hemel and St Albans.

But it wasn’t until he joined Portsmouth in January 2017 when he began to find his scoring boots, scoring 4 goals in his final 5 appearances as Pompey won promotion from the fourth tier of English football.

Life in the third tier didn’t start well with a sending-off against Rochdale, before netting 7 league goals, the following season however was much more prosperous bagging 17 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions, including the final of the Football League Trophy at Wembley, helping the south coast side to lift the trophy. Portsmouth would return to Wembley in the League One play-offs later in the season, losing to Sunderland.

Whilst Portsmouth fell short of making the step up, Lowe found himself in the Championship with Wigan for the Coronavirus pandemic hit 2019/20 campaign. Lowe would score 6 goals and earn 5 assists impressing Swansea City to part with ยฃ800,000 after just one season at Wigan.

14 Championship goals would help fire Swansea City to the Championship play-off final, ultimately losing to Brentford for a place in the Premier League.

AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told…

โ€œJamal has continued to make excellent progress since joining Portsmouth five years ago.

โ€œHe has gained valuable experience as he has moved through the leagues, culminating in helping Swansea reach the Championship play-offs last season.

โ€œAt 27, we believe his best days are ahead of him and are delighted to have brought him to AFC Bournemouth.

โ€œHe will bolster our attacking options and I know Scott and his team are really looking forward to working with him.โ€

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Your say…

Druss_the_Legend asked…

I simply cannot get my head around this one. How are we getting him? How is the cost so low?

james_AFCB answered…

The Swans fans seem to think heโ€™s decent but doesnโ€™t fit their system under their new manager. They seem to suggest heโ€™s more of a wide player who can play up front if needed. They paid ยฃ800k for him last summer and so theyโ€™re doubling their money for a player they canโ€™t utilise effectively.

I guess that sort of makes sense as heโ€™ll want to be guaranteed minutes but I canโ€™t see Scott Parker dropping Dominic Solanke any time soon, so Iโ€™d imagine weโ€™ll see Lowe as one of the wide players in a front 3, with a role upfront if/when Solanke is unavailable.

kirsikka wrote…

Happy we signed a forward. I’ll be honest, I don’t pay that much attention to other teams players so I had a quick look at a Swansea forum to gauge their response. Mostly don’t seem bothered to be losing him, with some disparaging comments about his finishing since the last third of last season and his passing.

Seems an odd reaction to someone that scored a good total. Just wondering what the story is there.

Still, welcome aboard. Here’s hoping for 20+ goals from him this season! – Join the conversation, click here.

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