Max Gradel joins French side Toulouse on loan from Bournemouth

Bournemouth midfielder Max Gradel has joined Toulouse on a season-long loan deal.

Bournemouth rejected a permanent bid from Toulouse earlier this summer – with Cherries boss Eddie Howe saying the player was a key part of his plans.

Gradel will now join up with his new team-mates ahead of Toulouse’ game against Paris Saint-Germain this weekend.

The forward’s progress has been hampered by injury in his two years at Bournemouth after he damaged a cruciate ligament just four games after arriving from Saint-Etienne.

The 29-year-old, who also spent a chunk of last season away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, has started just 11 Premier League games for the club.

Gradel joined Bournemouth from St Etienne for £3m in August 2015 but he has scored just two goals 27 appearances in all competitions.

EPL results – Lukaku scores twice as United cruise; Champions Chelsea shocked by Burnley; Liverpool held by

SUNDAY

  • Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

Romelu Lukaku announced his arrival at Old Trafford by scoring twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as they embarrassed West Ham.

Jose Mourinho’s team were a constant threat against a poor Hammers side, offering excitement and encouragement to their supporters on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

Lukaku, a £75m summer signing from Everton, put the Red Devils ahead with a rising drive off the post after racing onto Marcus Rashford’s pass.

The Belgium international doubled the lead after half-time, glancing in a header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s inswinging free-kick.

United teenager Rashford curled against the inside of Joe Hart’s left-hand post before substitute Anthony Martial ended the match as a contest with a slick finish.

There was still time for a fourth, however, as Paul Pogba curled in from distance.

The Hammers offered little going forward in a passive performance, although new signing Marko Arnautovic did flick a header onto the top of the home crossbar at 2-0.

The Red Devils have now lost only one of their 14 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford, while West Ham’s season began with a record 11th defeat.

  • Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham made a winning start to the 2017-18 Premier League season as 10-man Newcastle endured a difficult return to the top flight.

The Magpies, promoted as winners of the Championship last term, had captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off early in the second half for standing on Dele Alli.

The Spurs attacker then put his side ahead with a close-range finish before Ben Davies finished off a neat move for Tottenham’s second.

It was a harsh re-introduction to life back in the Premier League for Newcastle, who were relegated from the division at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Rafael Benitez’s side did not really threaten Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal until late on, Christian Atsu forcing the goalkeeper into a low save and Ciaran Clark going close with a volley from 12 yards.

Instead, Spurs could have added to their lead as Harry Kane, last season’s Premier League top scorer with 29 goals, struck the post in injury time.

SATURDAY

  • Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were down to 10 men with 14 minutes gone when captain Cahill was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Steven Defour, and they fell behind with 24 minutes gone as Sam Vokes guided the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

Burnley’s lead was doubled when, with a little over five minutes remaining until the break, Jack Cork set up Stephen Ward to hammer home, and it was 3-0 before the interval when Vokes scored his second with a header.

Marcos Alonso had an effort saved by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton early in the second half before Alvaro Morata was brought on for Michy Batshuayi, and Alonso had a free kick saved soon afterwards.

Morata dived to head home his first Premier League goal from a Willian cross and bundled the ball home moments later only to see an offside flag deny him.

Fabregas then saw red for a second booking — but David Luiz pulled another one back to set up a frenetic finish in which Burnley’s Robbie Brady hit the post and Morata failed to touch home late on.

There was no Diego Costa (on his way out), no Eden Hazard or Pedro(injured) and, after 24 minutes, no Cahill, exposing the decisions to let Nathan Ake join Bournemouth and fellow defender Kurt Zouma go on loan to Stoke.

Cahill’s red card ended Jeremie Boga’s shock debut early, as he was replaced by Christensen, and handed the initiative to Burnley, whose three-goal salvo added disbelief to the list of negative emotions ripping through the home support.

  • Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Wayne Rooney scored on his Premier League return to Everton as they beat Stoke 1-0 in their opening fixture of the season.

It was a fairy-tale return to his boyhood club as Rooney headed home the winning goal in the added minute of injury time in the first half, and sealed the three points for the hosts.

The Toffees had drawn their last four opening day matches but managed to hold out for the victory against a Stoke side who had very few clear-cut chances, with Xherdan Shaqiri almost snatching a draw late on, only to be denied by a superb Jordan Pickford save.

  • Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Liverpool conceded an injury-time equaliser as they were held 3-3 at Watford in their Premier League opener.

Mohamed Salah looked to have netted a winner on his Liverpool debut, but Miguel Britos headed home from point-blank range in the dying moments to secure a share of the spoils.

Liverpool — without Philippe Coutinho, who was ruled out with a back injury amid intense speculation over his future — fell behind on eight minutes, with Stefano Okaka taking advantage of some poor defending from a corner to head past Simon Mignolet.

Sadio Mane hit back on 29 minutes, but Liverpool’s defensive weaknesses were exposed again as Abdoulaye Doucoure slotted in for 2-1.

Liverpool turned it around early in the second half, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the penalty spot after Salah was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on 55 minutes and then Salah nudging home.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.

Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.

Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.

  • Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion made another set piece pay as they opened the season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

The visitors produced plenty of neat football throughout, but were unable to create much threat and fell behind after 31 minutes when Ahmed Hegazi headed in a Chris Brunt free kick.

Jermain Defoe came on for Bournemouth after the break, replacing Benik Afobe, but the former Sunderland striker had little to work with as West Brom held firm.

  • Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Two goals in three minutes set Huddersfield up for a dream start to life in the Premier League as they defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Tom Ince missed an early chance to give the Terriers the lead when he sent a bouncing effort from Tommy Smith’s cross straight at keeper Wayne Hennessey.

But they were ahead after 23 minutes when Palace failed to deal with an Aaron Mooy corner and the ball deflected in off Joel Ward — and with Palace rocking Mooy crossed again and Steve Mounie headed home. Palace made a half-time change, with Andros Townsend coming on in place of Luka Milivojevic, and Christian Benteke almost pulled a goal back — but Huddersfield made sure when Mounie struck again.

  • Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Southampton suffered a frustrating afternoon as they were held 0-0 at home by Swansea City.

Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

Bournemouth midefielder Harry Arter pens new four-year deal


Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter has signed a new four-year contract with AFC Bournemouth, which will now run until at least the summer of 2021.

The 27-year-old moved to the south coast in 2010 and has been instrumental in the club’s rise through the divisions to their current exalted Premier League status.

“Once I heard the club wanted to give me a new deal, it was a pretty easy decision,” Arter told the Bournemouth club website.

“The team has been successful over the last few years and you want to be part of somewhere that is continually progressing.

“I just want to improve all the time and it’s nice to be part of a squad who are all trying to do that, too.”

Arter has made 239 appearances for the club, scoring 28 goals

Manager Eddie Howe said: “Harry has been such an important player for us over a long period of time.

“He is a real winner and has been at the heart of most of the good things that have happened on the pitch.

“He has been outstanding in terms of his conduct and attitude to the group and it’s great news that he has committed his future to the club.”

Dan Gosling sign new four year contract at Bournemouth 


Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling has signed a new four-year contract at the Premier League club.

The 27-year-old, who joined the Cherries in May 2014 from Newcastle United, will remain at the south-coast outfit until at least the summer of 2021.
Devon-born Gosling began his career at Plymouth before moving onto Everton and Newcastle.
The former England U21 international scored four goals in 37 appearances last season as the Cherries comfortably avoided relegation from the Premier League.

“I’ve really enjoyed my three years here,” Gosling told Bournemouth’s website. “It’s gone so fast but I believe I’ve improved immensely, working with the manager and his coaching staff.
“In that time we have gained promotion and spent two years in the Premier League, so it couldn’t have gone any better.

“My goal now is to be a mainstay in the side and keep adding to my game.”
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he is “delighted” to have tied the midfielder down to a long-term deal, after also signing Nathan Ake, Jermain Defoe and Asmir Begovic this summer.

“I am delighted Dan has signed a new contract as he is a very important part of our squad and what we are trying to achieve here,” he said.

“He has great talent, huge energy and offers real quality to our midfield. Despite only being 27, Dan also has plenty of Premier League experience and that is crucial for a team that is still relatively new to the division.”

Bournemouth sign Nathan Ake for club record fee


​Bournemouth have signed Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a club-record fee, reported to be in the region of £20million.
The transfer fee breaks Bournemouth’s previous record – the £15m paid to Liverpool for winger Jordon Ibe in July 2016.
Ake has signed a long-term deal and is the Cherries’ third summer signing.

England striker Jermain Defoe signed on Thursday from Sunderland and Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic arrived from Chelsea in May.


The Netherlands international, 22, had a spell on loan with the Cherries last season and scored three goals in 12 games before being recalled to Stamford Bridge in January, featured sporadically to help the Blues win the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final.
“I had a great time here last season so I’m really happy to be back,” Ake told the Bournemouth website.

“It’s an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more.

“The fans haven’t seen the best of me yet. I always set the bar high so I know there is a lot of things I still have to work on. With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player.”

Ake joined Chelsea in 2012 and made 17 appearances for the Stamford Bridge side. He spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Watford in the Premier League.

Ake made his international debut for Holland against Morocco in March.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “I am delighted that we have completed the signing of Nathan on a permanent basis.

“Nathan is an outstanding young player with a fantastic attitude and a great desire to learn and develop.

“He has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m very pleased to say that future is here.”

“He is someone we know all about, having had a very successful loan spell here last season.

Bournemouth sign Jermain Defoe on a three year deal

Bournemouth have completed the signing of Jermain Defoe from Sunderland on a three-year deal.
The 34-year-old agreed terms with Bournemouth last month, according to reports, with his Sunderland deal including a clause that allowed him to leave for free after they were relegated.
The Cherries have now finalised his transfer, with Defoe set to earn £65,000-a-week to stay in the top flight with Eddie Howe’s side.

Defoe’s signing marks his return to the club where he first made headlines during a loan spell from West Ham in 2000-01.
The striker scored 18 goals in 29 appearances for the club, including a run of 12 goals in 10 matches during the second half of the campaign.

Defoe leaves Sunderland having scored 37 goals in two-and-a-half seasons for the Black Cats – form which has seen him earn a recall to the England national side.

He becomes Bournemouth’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Asmir Begovic from Chelsea while Nathan Ake is closing in on  £20m move to the south coast
“It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” said Defoe. “When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one.
“It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be.

“The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”
Howe added: “This a huge moment for the football club and another step in the right direction.

“We want to bring players here who can have a big impact on our continued rise and we believe Jermain fits that as a natural, proven goal scorer.
Defoe is one of a number of players set to depart Sunderland this summer following their relegation, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford already having signed for Everton and Fabio Borini set to join AC Milan.
Despite Sunderland finishing bottom of the Premier League, Defoe still managed 15 goals in 37 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats last season.

Jermain Defoe is seventh on the all-time Premier League scoring list.

Preview: Manchester City Vs Bournemouth

Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

The loss of Sergio Aguero has dominated the headlines over the past few days at the league leaders. The Argentine superstar scored five times against Newcastle and his goals will surely be missed over the next one month. Pellegrini’s woes were compounded when Kolarov and David Silva also returned from the international break with injuries which the Chilean manager hopes does not derail his side’s title ambition. The kind of football Manchester City played against Newcastle was a joy to behold and breathtaking at times. Kevin De Bruyne has been hugely impressive following his big money move from the Bundesliga and over the next few weeks, he will need to take up most of the creative responsibilities for his side. The Belgian has contributed three goals and two assists in his last three matches

In spite of City’s injury problems, Bournemouth know that they have a difficult task at hand if they are to go home with a point. They have so far picked up a respectable eight points this season but their away results have been far from encouraging and have lost three of their first four away games. Their task is made even harder by the fact that their top scorer, Callum Wilson, has been ruled out with a long-term injury. Their defence will also have their work cut out as they face a side that has found the back of the net in 23 of their last 24 Premier League games.

The Citizens and the Cherries have not met at this stage before. However, before Man City’s new found riches, the host won four and drew two in the six previous meetings between both teams. An upset is unlikely but with both sides’ injury worries, the Cherries may fancy their chances of getting something from a game no one expects them to win.

Team News

Manchester City

Manchester City have been hit with news of the loss of three key players. Aguero, Kolarov and Silva will all miss out following an international break with so many casualties for the club. Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph are still sidelined and a makeshift left back may have to be drafted in due to the absence of Clichy and Kolarov. Vincent Kompany is available again while Wilfred Bony will lead the lines in the absence of top scorer Aguero.

Bournemouth

It has been a season of injuries for Eddie Howe’s side. Captain Tommy Elphick became the latest casualty and will be out for approximately eight weeks. Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel are all ruled out with long-term injuries.