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Bournemouth lure ex-Blackburn midfielder and free agent Joe Rothwell on a four-year deal

Bournemouth lure free agent Joe Rothwell to a four-year contract of less than six months after failing to sign him from Blackburn on deadline day, as the Cherries continue to bolster the squad for their return to the Premier League

  • Joe Rothwell has signed a four-year deal with newly promoted Bournemouth
  • The club tried to sign him on the day of the deadline in January, but the deal fell through
  • The midfielder impressed with Blackburn’s latest campaign assisting 10 in 41 games
  • He is the Cherries’ second summer signing after the arrival of Ryan Fredericks
  • Fulham and Nottingham Forest ‘were also interested in getting his autograph’

Bournemouth have completed the signing of midfielder Joe Rothwell to a four-year deal.

The 27-year-old is making the move south after his contract with Blackburn Rovers expires.

He will be Bournemouth’s second signing of the summer after the arrival of Ryan Fredericks.

Ex-Blackburn midfielder Joe Rothwell signed for Bournemouth on a free four-year deal

Ex-Blackburn midfielder Joe Rothwell signed for Bournemouth on a free four-year deal

The Cherries initially tried to sign the former Manchester United academy graduate on the January deadline and have now finally agreed a deal.

Colleagues who have just been promoted, Fulham and Nottingham Forest, have reportedly been enthusiastic about the central midfielder following his impressive season at Ewood Park.

Cherry CEO Neill Blake told the club website“Joe has been on our radar for a while and we are excited to bring him to the club.

Scott Parker's Cherries also discuss a move for Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier

Scott Parker’s Cherries also discuss a move for Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier

The Cherries tried to sign him in January and have kept a promise to return for him

The Cherries tried to sign him in January and have kept a promise to return for him

“It’s not surprising that we had huge competition to sign Joe, so we are very pleased that he has chosen AFC Bournemouth as the next step in his career.”

Rothwell scored three goals and 10 assists in 41 Championship appearances in the past campaign, helping his side to eighth place just six points from the final play-off spot in the competition.

He made a total of 160 appearances during his three-year spell at the club, following spells at Oxford United and Barnsley, as well as Manchester United under 23.

Chief executive Neill Blake admitted Bournemouth faced 'enormous competition' to sign Rothwell

Chief executive Neill Blake admitted Bournemouth faced ‘enormous competition’ to sign Rothwell

Blake added: “Joe has proven himself in recent seasons as an outstanding midfielder in the Championship and we believe he can continue his development under head coach Scott Parker and his coaching team.

“He has excellent qualities to complement our other midfielders and we are delighted to bring another exciting signing ahead of our upcoming Premier League campaign.”

Bournemouth have also expressed interest in Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier and Barnsley midfielder Callum Styles, according to reports.

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