BOURNEMOUTH have completed the £10m signing of Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough.
The 23-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract with Scott Parker’s newly promoted Premier League side.
Tavernier said: “I’m happy to be here, it’s been a long time.
“I’m sure everyone saw in the press that something was going on in the background, and I’m delighted to be here now.”
Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: “We are very happy to have brought in Marcus.
“He was one of the most outstanding players in the league last season and he will be a perfect fit for our team.
“He has a great pedigree, incredible energy and he’s a versatile young player who can play in a number of different positions.”
The Cherries have had a quiet summer so far with just three new additions.
Former West Ham right-back Ryan Fredericks and ex-Blackburn midfielder Joe Rothwell came through the door on free transfers before Tavernier arrived.
The ace had just two years left on his contract at Riverside, but he and his representatives decided to move to Bournemouth last week.
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Boro offered Tavernier a new contract but the former England Under-20 international refused to take it to the next level.
Tavernier is a Boro academy product and has made 155 appearances having made his debut against Scunthorpe United in the Carabao Cup in August 2017.
He scored the first of his 18 goals against Bournemouth a few weeks later in the same competition.