Bournemouth re-sign Grabban from Norwich


AFC Bournemouth have completed the signing of Lewis Grabban from Norwich City, less than two years after he left the south coast for the Canaries.

The striker has returned to the Cherries for a reported £7million fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Vitality Stadium, with the transfer coming a matter of hours after Benik Afobe was officially unveiled by Bournemouth following his reported £10million switch from Wolves.

Grabban moved to Carrow Road at the end of the 2013-14 campaign for what was widely thought to be £3million and scored 13 goals in 44 appearances for the Norfolk club. During his first stint at Bournemouth, the 27-year-old netted 35 times in a two-year spell.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe was delighted with his latest acquisition, saying: "We're really pleased to be bringing Grabbs back to Bournemouth.

"It was such a long drawn out transfer but we're delighted it's been done.

"He had such a good time for us, scored goals, worked incredibly hard and it's a good fit for us.

"He'll bring enthusiasm and the benefit of Grabbs is that he knows how we play.

"I think we'll be getting a better Lewis Grabban, but he'll realise that we've got better as well and he will have to adapt too. But we're in no doubt we're getting a good player back.

"He's also someone who was popular in the dressing room, behind the scenes he's a strong motivator and we're delighted to be bringing him back."