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Grabban signs new contract

Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2017.

The 26-year-old is the Dorset club's top scorer this year, with all 10 of his goals this season coming in the Sky Bet Championship.

Grabban, a 300,000 signing from Rotherham in July 2012, looked on the verge of leaving the club earlier this week after Brighton made a 1.1m bid for his services, triggering a clause in his previous contract.

Brighton are in the market for a new frontman after agreeing to offload Ashley Barnes to Championship rivals Burnley.

The striker held talks with Brighton but turned down the Sussex club's offer of a contract and the former Millwall and Brentford striker has now decided to pen a new improved deal with Bournemouth.

Grabban, who began his career at Crystal Palace, has scored 23 goals in 62 starts since moving to Bournemouth 18 months ago.