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Bournemouth smash Blackpool for six

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Lee Clark will be devoid of Christmas cheer. Credit: PA

Bournemouth moved a point clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of basement dwellers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Matt Ritchie bagged a brace for the Cherries, while Callum Wilson, Brett Pitman with a penalty, Marc Pugh and Harry Arter also hit the target, with Nathan Delfouneso netting a consolation for the hosts.

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Norwich complete Grabban deal

Norwich have signed Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban for an undisclosed fee.

Grabban, the Canaries' first new arrival since their relegation from the Barclays Premier League, has signed a three-year deal at Carrow Road with an option for a further year.

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Gosling to join Cherries

Former England under-21 midfielder Dan Gosling is to join Championship side Bournemouth on a four-year deal, subject to a medical, after being released by Newcastle.

Gosling, 24, has been told by manager Alan Pardew that his contract would not be renewed.

He did very well on loan at Blackpool and ended the season in the team at Newcastle. That Premier League experience will be invaluable to us and we are very pleased to have got him.

– Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Gosling heading south

Dan Gosling has failed to make an impact at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Midfielder Dan Gosling is expected to part company with Newcastle within the next 24 hours as manager Alan Pardew starts to re-shape his squad.

Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of next month, is close to tying up a move to Sky Bet Championship club Bournemouth.

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Fletcher wins Finney award

Steve Fletcher played for 24 years. Credit: PA

The Football League is to make Steve Fletcher the first recipient of the newly-named Sir Tom Finney award.

Finney, one of the game's greatest ever names, died last month and his name has now been attached to the award the league gives to recognise an outstanding career.

Forty-year-old Fletcher retired last summer after a 24-year career spent largely with Bournemouth.

The award will be presented at Sunday's Football League awards by Preston manager Simon Grayson. Finney spent his entire playing career with the Lancashire club.

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