Bournemouth have completed the signing of Argentine striker Juan Iturbe from Roma on a loan deal until the end of the season. The Cherries have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of £16.2million after the 2014-15 season. He has scored three goals in 39 appearances for Roma. The 22-year-old had initially rejected the switch to the Vitality Stadium but had accepted when Bournemouth returned with a greater wage offer. His presence bolsters manager, Eddie Howe’s attacking options, with Callum Wilson and Max Gradel expected to be out until March with cruciate knee ligament injuries. Iturbe, who was also strongly linked with a move to Watford, is not eligible for Bournemouth’s match away to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday. The striker could make his debut in Bournemouth’s FA Cup encounter against Birmingham on 9 January, before a potential Premier League bow three days later against West Ham. Bournemouth are currently 16th in the Premier League on 20 points, three clear of the relegation zone.
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