AFC Bournemouth’s record signing, Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie, has been granted a work permit and is expected to join the team next week.
As predicted by the Siya crew, Bournemouth recently completed the signing of the 22-year-old in a deal thought to be worth about £2.2 million (R36 million), signing him from Swedish outfit Malmo FF.
A the time the move was subject to his international clearance and a work permit, something that could well have scuppered the deal.
However, despite Rantie not playing in the required 75% of Bafana’s games over the last two years, their head coach, Eddie Howe, says that they managed to get the permit approved.
Speaking to The Cherries’ official website Howe said, “Friday was an important day for us. Myself and Jason (Tindall) were in London to try and get the work permit approved and, after some toing and froing, we got it.
“He’s away with South Africa now and they have two games. Hopefully he will come through both and he will meet up with us Thursday or Friday next week.”
Rantie is expected to feature for Bafana in this weekend’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Botswana and could make his Bournemouth debut later this month, when they take on Blackpool on September 14.
By Joe Crann
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