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SportBournemouth bring in Kelly from Bristol City

17:20  18 may  2019
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Southampton weighing up swoop for Kelly

Southampton weighing up swoop for Kelly Southampton are reportedly weighing up a move to sign Bristol City defender Lloyd Kelly. According to Bristol Post, Southampton are keen on a deal to sign the youngster, having been impressed with him this season. The report claims that Southampton have sent scouts to watch Kelly numerous times and enquired about a move back in January. Bristol City are said to want a fee in the region of £15m for the England under-21 international defender. Kelly is capable of playing at left-back or at centre-back and has thrived in both positions under Lee Johnson at Bristol City in the Championship this season.

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Bournemouth bring in Kelly from Bristol City © Getty Images Bristol City defender Lloyd Kelly

Bournemouth have signed England Under-21 international Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for a reported £13million fee.

The 20-year-old made 32 appearances in the Championship in the 2018-19 season as City narrowly missed out on the play-offs.

A left-sided defender, Kelly - who was linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton - has agreed a long-term contract to join the Cherries.

"It's a fantastic club. The move has come around quite quickly, but I'm happy to be here and can't wait to start playing," he told Bournemouth’s official website.

"Premier League football is what I've always wanted to achieve. I want to play as many games as possible and I feel like this is the right place for me to try and do that."

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is pleased to have added another young talent to his squad, following on from the arrivals of Dominic Solanke, Chris Mepham and David Brooks over the past year.

"Lloyd is an exciting talent and a player of real potential, while at the same time already possessing good experience for someone so young," Howe said.

"He is athletic, versatile, physically excellent and has a very bright future ahead of him.

"I’m delighted that we have been able to strike so early in the summer and look forward to working with Lloyd during the coming seasons."

Liverpool pulled out of Kelly deal due to Bristol City's asking price.
Liverpool pulled out of a deal to sign Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City after learning the Championship club’s asking price, according to reports. The Bristol Post claims that the Reds were interested, but it was Bournemouth who were ready to stump up the initial £13 million for the left-back. It is believed that the deal will rise above £15 million, making Kelly’s move to Bournemouth a club-record fee for Lee Johnson’s side. Liverpool had been

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