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Bournemouth complete Camp deal

Bournemouth have confirmed the permanent signing of goalkeeper Lee Camp from West Brom.

The 29-year-old had been on loan at Eddie Howe's side since October, having initially joined on a month-long deal, but he has now penned a two-and-a-half-year contract at Dean Court.

Camp's deal with the Baggies expired on New Year's Day and the Cherries moved to secure his services after impressing in his 11 Championship appearances so far this season.

The goalkeeper, who has represented England under-21s but is a Northern Ireland international, has a wealth of experience in the Championship having begun his career at Derby before moving to QPR and then Nottingham Forest.

Camp also lists Norwich among his former clubs, where he made three Premier League appearances last season, but says he is glad to have joined Bournemouth permanently.

"I am pleased everything has been sorted and I am delighted to have signed," he told the club's official website.

"Discussions have been ongoing for the past couple of weeks but we have come to a pretty speedy conclusion in the end, so credit must go to the football club for how they have handled it.

"Going into the Brighton game we weren't a million miles apart. If anything slowed it down over the Christmas period it was the fact we had three games in six days.

"I spoke to the manager at the hotel before the game on New Year's Eve and I was fairly confident we would all get to where we needed to get to, to make the deal happen.

"Now I have something sorted, I can concentrate on playing football."