Bournemouth sign Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City for £13m

Lloyd Kelly
Image: Lloyd Kelly is Bournemouth's first signing of the summer

Bournemouth have signed defender Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City on a long-term contract.

The 20-year-old left-back, who is also comfortable in the centre of defence, has cost the Cherries £13m, Sky Sports News understands.

Kelly made 34 appearances for the Robins this season, helping them to eighth place in the Championship.

He told Bournemouth's website: "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.

"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."

Kelly will be well placed to usurp Charlie Daniels and Diego Rico in the pecking order for the left-back position in Eddie Howe's side.

Charlie Daniels
Image: Bournemouth's regular left-back Charlie Daniels suffered a serious knee injury in April and is likely to miss most of 2019

Daniels suffered a serious knee injury in April which is likely to keep him out for the majority of 2019, while Rico made just 12 Premier League appearances after signing from Leganes last year.

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Kelly came through the ranks at Bristol City and made his debut in a League Cup game against Plymouth in August 2017.

He has gone on to play 48 times for the club and has picked up three caps for England U21s.

After completing his first signing of the summer, Eddie Howe said: "Lloyd is an exciting talent and a player of real potential, while at the same time already possessing good experience for someone so young.

"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."

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