Sunday 25 March 2018

Cherries complete swoop for Tractor Boy Mings

Peru’s Paolo Guerrero (second from left) scores his first goal past Bolivia’s goalie Romel Quinonez during their 3-1 Copa America quarter-final victory
Peru’s Paolo Guerrero (second from left) scores his first goal past Bolivia’s goalie Romel Quinonez during their 3-1 Copa America quarter-final victory Newsdesk Newsdesk

Premier League newcomers Bournemouth have signed left-back Tyrone Mings from Ipswich Town on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has swooped for a player who was linked with Chelsea and Arsenal last season, with the fee believed to be in the region of £8million.

"I'm looking forward to learning from the manager's ideas," Mings said. "They will be different to what I'm used to but that can only be a good thing. I'm here to develop and learn as much as possible."

Bournemouth's Scotland U21 winger Ryan Fraser has moved to Portman Road on a season-long loan as part of the deal for the 22-year-old defender.

Mings, the club's fifth signing of the transfer window, has made rapid progress since joining Ipswich from minor league Chippenham Town for just £10,000 in 2012.

He made 44 appearances in all competitions last season, including a start against Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium in November, as Ipswich reached the Championship playoffs before losing to arch-rivals Norwich City in the semi-finals.

Mings began his career at Southampton before moving into minor league football with Yate Town and Chippenham and was signed by Ipswich after impressing manager Mick McCarthy in a trial game.

West Ham United have signed attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet from Olympique de Marseille on a five-year deal for at least £10m.

The 28-year-old France international joins the London club for an undisclosed fee but West Ham confirmed it was at least eight figures.

Payet is West Ham's third close-season recruit following the captures of Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang and Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

A creative playmaker, Payet chalked up an impressive 17 assists in 36 league games for Marseille last season, netting seven goals in the process.

He brings European experience to West Ham having played a total of 15 times in the Champions League, with the London club set to begin their Europa League campaign on July 2.

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki is poised to join Leicester City from Bundesliga club Mainz 05 on a four-year deal subject to a work permit and clearance from FIFA.

The fee for the 29-year-old, who is prolific in front of goal, is undisclosed but German media reports said it was in the region of £7.5m.

"I hear the Premier League is a very physical division and better for individual talent so I'm excited to know what I can do in this league," Okazaki said.

He will be the club's third signing of the transfer window following German defender Robert Huth from Stoke City and Austria left-back Christian Fuchs from Schalke 04.

His 43 goals in 93 internationals make him Japan's third top scorer while 12 league goals for Mainz last term saw him become the Bundesliga's all-time leading Japanese marksman.

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