Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is in loan talks with Bournemouth

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Christian Atsu has arrived at Bournemouth to discuss a season long loan from Chelsea

Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is in talks with Bournemouth over a loan deal, according to Sky sources.

Atsu, 23, who spent the last campaign on loan at Everton, is now close to agreeing another season-long deal with Eddie Howe's Premier League newcomers.  

The Ghanaian moved to Stamford Bridge from Porto in September 2013, signing a five-year contract for a fee of around £3.5m, and was immediately loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem. 

He made 26 appearances and scored five goals for the Dutch side before joining the Toffees for the whole of the 2014-15 season.

Atsu was part of the Ghana squad beaten in the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations by Ivory Coast during his time on Merseyside, but has yet to feature for Chelsea.

He wrote on social media: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Everton for making me feel welcome during my time there this season.

"The fans, the staff, my team-mates have all been very supportive. I'm sorry that things didn't work out for me but I must look forward and am keen to take the next step in my football career. God bless everyone."

The Championship champions made Artur Boruc their first signing ahead of their first top-flight campaign and added another goalkeeper on Wednesday when Adam Federici joined from Reading.

Howe's club have also been linked to Burnley full-back Kieran Trippier, Blackburn forward Josh King and Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle in recent weeks.

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