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AFC Bournemouth sign Christian Atsu on loan

AFC Bournemouth have their continued Barclays Premier League preparations with the season long loan signing of Christian Atsu from Chelsea, subject to Premier League approval.

The Ghana international, who signed for the Blues in September 2013, operates as a winger, although he can also play as an attacking midfielder.

Since joining the Premier League champions, Atsu has gained experience out on loan with Everton and Vitesse.

Collecting almost 40 caps for his country since his debut in 2012, he has played in the 2014 World Cup and was selected for two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments for Ghana.

The midfielder started his professional career in Portugal with Porto, where he was coached by former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas.

He continued his development with Rio Ave as he won the club’s player of the season award and attracted the attention of Chelsea.

The London side paid a reported fee of £3.5million for Atsu and offered him a five-year contract, with the chance to impress with Vitesse in the Eredivisie.

On his return to England 12 months ago, he agreed a loan deal to play under Roberto Martinez for Everton in the Premier League and Europa League.

Departing for international duty at the Africa Cup of Nation in January, Atsu was named the player of the tournament following a number of impressive performances.

The 23-year-old will be available to feature for the Cherries in the league, but unable to face his parent club in fixtures at the Goldsands Stadium and Stamford Bridge.


Southampton earn valuable point at Chelsea

Southampton's Dusan Tadic scores his penalty Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Southampton remain in the hunt for a Champions League place after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Dusan Tadic equalized from the penalty spot after Diego Costa gave Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge.

The result has moved Southampton up to sixth position in the Premier League, three points behind fourth place Manchester United who play later against Tottenham Hotspur.

Saints score late winner at Loftus Road

Southampton's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Southampton are third in the Premier League after a late winner at Queens Park Rangers.

Sadio Mane fired a powerful shot into the top corner in the 93rd-minute in a 1-0 win at Loftus Road.

The result means Ronald Koeman's side remain in the Champions League qualifying position, despite last week's disappointing home defeat against Swansea.

Sunderland players "to refund fans" after team thrashed 8-0 by Southampton

It's being reported that Sunderland’s players will look to reimburse the 2,456 supporters who travelled to Southampton to watch them get thrashed 8-0

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone said he would ask his team-mates to agree to the gesture.

According to The Chronicle Mannone thinks the team owes the fans.

He said: “We should do it because we didn’t put our foot (down), we didn’t work hard."

Photo update: Southampton's Premier League 8-goal thriller leaves home fans elated

Southampton's Dusan Tadic (second right) celebrates scoring his goal with Jack Cork Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Southampton's giant display shows the final score, 8-0, after the Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Southampton's Victor Wanyama (right) celebrates his goal with team-mates Dusan Tadic (center), Jose Fonte and Morgan Schneiderlin (left) Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Sunderland's Santiago Vergini picks the ball from the net behind goalkeeper Vito Mannone after Southampton's Sadio Mane scored his side's eighth goal Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Southampton's Sadio Mane scoring his side's eighth goal despite the attentions of Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholt Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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