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​DONE DEAL: Bournemouth complete record deal for Levante midfielder Lerma

Bournemouth have landed Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma for a club-record fee of £25m.

The Cherries have broken the record previously set when they spent £20m on Nathan Ake last summer.

"I'm so happy to be an AFC Bournemouth player," Lerma told the club's website.

"The transfer has been very long because it took a while for the clubs to reach an agreement, but the most important thing is that I am here now and everyone got what they wanted in the end.

"I have always loved the Premier League style of football and am very happy to have this opportunity. I am looking forward to success and doing important things for this club."

It has been a long time coming for Bournemouth, who were tracking Lerma long before the World Cup. The 23-year-old was a part of the Colombia squad who were knocked out by England in the quarterfinals.

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