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AFC Bournemouth agree club record fee of £25m for Colombian maestro

Bournemouth are set to smash their transfer record by bringing in midfielder Jefferson Lerma.

BBC Sport are reporting that the South coast club have agreed a £25m fee with Spanish side Levante to secure the services of the Colombian.

The deal is still subject to a medical and international clearance, but it is looking increasingly likely that Lerma will become AFC Bournemouth’s club record signing.

The previous record was set in the last summer window, where Eddie Howe’s Cherries forked out £20m for defender Nathan Ake. This transfer window has been a relatively quiet one down at the Dean Court, with their only signings being David Brooks from Sheffield United and Diego Rico from Leganes.

Jefferson Lerma featured in every game Colombia played at the 2018 World Cup, including their penalty shoot-out loss to England. The 23-year-old usually plays as central midfielder but has been deployed at right-back while at former clubs Atletico Huilla and Levante.

The player is set to travel to England this weekend, to agree personal terms and have a medical. Bournemouth kick off their Premier League campaign at home against newly promoted Cardiff City, which could well be Lerma’s debut.

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