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Stanislas signs new three-year Bournemouth deal

Stanislas has made 87 appearances for Bournemouth over four years. Credit: PA

Bournemouth midfielder Junior Stanislas has signed a new three-year contract.

The 28-year-old, who has made 87 appearances in four years with the Cherries, has committed himself to the south coast club until 2021.

"It's a nice feeling to get rewarded for some good work over the last couple of years," Stanislas told afcb.co.uk.

"As soon as it was there I wanted to get it signed and then get my head down and start focusing on improving over the next few years as well.

"I spoke to the gaffer (Eddie Howe) and he was keen to get something done and signed. That shows the faith the manager has put in me - that is something that I really appreciate.

"I just try to do my best every time I get out on the pitch and help the team, whether that be assisting goals, scoring them or contributing to the team's success. I plan to do that again this season, and maybe take it to another level."

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Bournemouth agree club-record fee for Levante's Lerma

Lerma starred for Colombia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Credit: PA

Bournemouth have agreed a club-record £25million fee to sign Colombia star Jefferson Lerma from Levante, Press Association Sport understands.

The Cherries are ready to top the £20million paid to prise Nathan Ake from Chelsea last summer to land defensive midfielder Lerma.

Lerma is understood to be set to travel to the south coast to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms, with Bournemouth also needing to secure a work permit.

The 23-year-old shone at the summer's World Cup in Russia, and is now in line to become Bournemouth's third off-season signing.

The Cherries have already recruited Spanish left-back Diego Rico from Leganes and Wales forward David Brooks from Sheffield United.

Lerma will be expected to add steel to Bournemouth's midfield options, with boss Eddie Howe keen on recruiting a destructive player to add contrast to his resources.

Bournemouth cruised past Marseille 5-2 in a high-scoring pre-season friendly at Dean Court on Saturday, as preparations intensify ahead of their Premier League opener against Cardiff on August 11.

Lerma's likely signing could prove the end of Bournemouth's summer transfer business, though Howe and the club will doubtless continue to scour for new recruits.

Howe has reiterated several times that this summer has been his toughest yet in terms of recruitment.

"The summer transfer window has been tough, I will say that; it has been difficult with the World Cup and the window shutting earlier," said Howe.

"It's been different from last year, and we've found it harder to bring the players in we want."

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