Bournemouth have reportedly completed the signing of Getafe striker Enes Unal on loan on the deadline day of the January transfer window. He will join the Cherries on loan with an obligation to buy at the end of the season for €16.5m.
Enes Unal, 26, was a part of Manchester City’s youth setup from 2015 to 2017, before moving to the Netherlands and later Spain. The Turkey international has netted 36 goals in 109 appearances for Getafe since joining from Villarreal in 2020. During his time as a Villarreal player, he spent time on loan with Levante and Valladolid.
The 26-year-old striker’s acquisition would allow Kieffer Moore to leave Bournemouth today.
Dominic Solanke wanted by Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with a move for Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke. The English striker has been in fine form this season, netting 14 goals across all competitions. His exploits in front of goal have not gone unnoticed, with Tottenham among the interested clubs for his signature.
Undoubtedly, Solanke could add a new dimension to the Spurs attack. It is no secret Ange Postecoglou and Spurs have been looking for a new striker to lead the line, having been overly reliant on Son Heung-min this season following Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich. Richarlison has stepped up in Son’s absence due to Asian Cup commitments, though, but the north London club remain open to recruiting a striker for long term.
Enes Unal’s move to the Vitality Stadium has sparked rumours that Solanke could leave the club on the deadline day. However, Solanke is understood to be going nowhere and Bournemouth have not received any offers or approaches from Tottenham or any other clubs.
Enes Unal would add depth to Bournemouth’s strike department
Enes Unal scored 15 goals in 38 appearances for Getafe last season but unfortunately ruptured his ACL during a La Liga game against Real Betis in May 2023. He has been on the sidelines for the entirety of the season before making his first appearance of the season on Monday, playing the last 27 minutes of Getafe’s 2-0 win over Granada.
However, due to the form of top scorer Borja Mayoral and the presence of Manchester United loanee Mason Greenwood, Unal has decided to leave La Liga for the Premier League where he will now have a second crack after failing to make the grade at Man City.
The Turkey international’s addition is a shrewd piece of business from Bournemouth. Solanke needs cover and competition in attack from his teammates, and Unal would provide that. Apart from his ability to score goals, Unal will hold the ball up and bring others into play, thus using his 6ft 2ins frame and physicality to good effect. The ex-Villarreal man would also add depth to the Cherries’ striker department.
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