Cherries snap up starlet

04 March 2011 04:00
Bournemouth have signed young Fulham striker Lauri Dalla Valle on a one-month loan deal. The 19-year-old Finnish player has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Cottagers since arriving from Liverpool in August as part of the transfer that took Paul Konchesky to the Reds. Dalla Valle, who goes straight into the Bournemouth squad to face Oldham on Saturday, featured once for the Merseysiders in a Europa League tie in July whilst he has represented Finland at under-16, under-17 and under-19 level. Cherries boss Lee Bradbury told the club's official website: "It's brilliant for us and I'm really pleased. He's come here and given extra strength to the squad and it will invigorate everyone. "He's a quick player who can play off our front men. He has a really good work rate and he can stretch the line. He can score goals and will be a great asset for us. "He is very hungry to play and he will want to prove a point to Fulham that he is capable of being in their squad. For him to come down to a League 1 club from the Premier League shows how hungry he is. He has a lot of self belief and it's a good opportunity for him and this can only be because it can help us push on. It gives me different options and gives good competition for places."

Source: PA