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Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett and Tomas Andrade join Bournemouth

Published 01/09/2015 | 14:04

Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett, pictured, and Tomas Andrade have joined Bournemouth
Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett, pictured, and Tomas Andrade have joined Bournemouth

Bournemouth concluded a busy final day to the summer transfer window with the signings of Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett and Tomas Andrade.

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They also terminated the contract of goalkeeper Lee Camp, who thereafter joined Championship Rotherham.

The arrival of Murray, for an undisclosed fee from Crystal Palace, ended manager Eddie Howe's long-term pursuit of a proven Premier League goalscorer and is likely to be their most important of the summer. Bournemouth have impressed in possession but without scoring the goals required to secure more than four points from their opening four Premier League fixtures.

"It feels great to finally be here," Murray told Bouremouth's official club website. "I've come across the club a lot in my career and it's been great to see it progress.

"The way the boys play football is very exciting. It's front-footed and it will be nice to try and get some goals from it."

Left-back Bennett, who is to remain at the Vitality Stadium until January in a loan move from parent club Aston Villa, where he has also signed a one-year contract extension, will add more depth to a squad with limited Premier League experience and without the injured Tyrone Mings.

"I'm really excited about the prospect of playing for AFC Bournemouth and hopefully helping them perform well this season in the Premier League," Bennett said.

"They've already made a positive start to the new season and, like everyone else, I've been really impressed with the fantastic job Eddie Howe has performed. They have a really good side.

"The move happened really quickly. I trained this morning and then things started to develop.

"It's a good opportunity for me to add to the Premier League experience I've already amassed from my time at Aston Villa."

Andrade will remain on loan from Argentina's River Plate until the end of the season, but will immediately join Bournemouth's Under-21 squad, making first-team football unlikely.

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