Matias Vina has joined Bournemouth from Roma on an initial six-month loan with the option to make the move permanent in the summer.
The 25-year-old Uruguay international is Bournemouth’s fourth signing of the January transfer window after the additions of Dango Ouattara, Darren Randolph and Antoine Semenyo.
Left-back Vina, who can also play as a central defender, began his senior career at Uruguayan side Nacional, leading them to a 47th top-flight title in 2019, the same year he was named Primera Division player of the year after scoring five goals in 34 appearances.
AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told the club website: “We are delighted to secure the services of Matias for at least the second half of the season.
“Even though he only turned 25 in November, he arrives with a great deal of experience, including last season’s European success with Roma.
“Our fourth recruit of the transfer window, Matias will provide strong competition for places in our youthful squad and we welcome him to AFC Bournemouth.”
Vina will look to help the 18th-placed Cherries in their battle to avoid the drop.
He enjoyed a spell at Palmeiras before signing with Roma in 2021, winning the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League trophy under manager Jose Mourinho.
Capped 28 times by his country, Vina represented Uruguay at the World Cup in Qatar and appeared in group games against South Korea and Portugal.
Much to the probable chagrin of Scott Parker, the eventual completion of Bournemouth’s takeover in December has unlocked a few more doors to the Cherries.
Ouattara, Randolph, Semenyo and Vina represents more than £30m of business from a club which remains active, pursuing a deal for Ukrainian centre-half Ilya Zabarnyi and having to accept that Nicolo Zaniolo never saw them as more than friends.
The Roma player’s rejection of a possible loan move to the south coast at least provided ample time for Bournemouth to switch their attention to Hamed Traore, alleged brother of Man Utd forward Amad Diallo and definite attacking midfielder of Sassuolo and Ivory Coast.
Bournemouth have locked in a fee of around £21m to sign the 22-year-old on a four-year contract.
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