Bournemouth have completed the signing of Enes Unal from Getafe on loan until the end of the season.
The Premier League side hold a €16.5million ($14.1m, $17.9m) option to buy as part of the deal, which will become an obligation provided certain confidential conditions are met between now and the end of the season.
Unal completed his medical in Madrid earlier on Thursday afternoon after Bournemouth doctors were keen to assess his knee, following a long-term injury.
The 26-year-old’s arrival means Kieffer Moore’s straight loan to Ipswich Town will be sanctioned. Moore did travel with the Bournemouth squad on Wednesday night ahead of their Premier League fixture against West Ham on Thursday, but was then not named in Andoni Iraola’s 20-man matchday squad and his move to Championship promotion-chasers Ipswich was confirmed shortly after.
Unal previously spent time at Manchester City between 2015 and 2017 but did not make an appearance for them amid loan spells with Genk, NAC Breda and FC Twente before joining Villarreal.
The Turkey international joined Getafe in 2020 and scored 36 goals in 105 matches for the La Liga side.
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What Unal will bring to Bournemouth
Analysis by football data writer Thom Harris
While a cruciate ligament injury has kept Unal largely out of action this season, the 26-year-old is a big presence at the top of the pitch, scoring 30 goals from an expected goals (xG) value of 22.1 across the last two seasons.
The Turk possesses a thunderous right-footed drive and is well capable of the spectacular, scoring two 30+ yard free-kicks last season, along with a vicious curling effort against Espanyol that was nominated for goal of the season.
At six-foot two, Unal leads the line well and can be an important outlet for his side, winning over 400 aerial duels across his 103 appearances for the club. He is a good defensive worker, too, and looks set to provide fierce competition for Dominic Solanke at the top of the pitch.
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