A pair of Football League Championship fullbacks are moving to the Premier League, one of them a returnee.
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Jack Stacey is leaving Luton Town for the shores of Bournemouth on a four-year deal.
The 23-year-old right back heads to the Cherries on the heels of the 75 career appearances with five goals.
“This is a great club with a fantastic manager who helps establish young players, so that made it an easy decision in the end,” Stacey said. “I believe I can thrive here and I can’t wait to get started.”
Bournemouth reportedly paid about $6 million for the back, and will also sell former club record signing Tyrone Mings for between $25-31 million.
Meanwhile at Turf Moor, Burnley has signed a left back and may reportedly be buying back one of its homegrown forwards.
The latter is Stoke City’s Erik Pieters, who arrives on a two-year deal with an option for a third. The Dutch fullback made 150 appearances for Stoke in the Premier League and spent last season in the Championship with the Potters.
As for the former, Sky Sports says Burnley is bidding $13 million to bring Jay Rodriguez from West Bromwich Albion. The one-time Southampton man turns 30 later this month.
Rodriguez made the first 128 senior appearances of his career with the Clarets, leaving in 2012 when his manager was Eddie Howe (now, of course, of Bournemouth. So this post comes full circle).
After being released by Real Salt Lake in July, midfielder David Viana signed with Conference National side Luton Town on Monday. He is under contract until the end of the season after going on trial with Luton in September.
“David’s an exciting player and one that can find a pass in the final third of the pitch,” Luton Town manager John Still said in a club release. “He also has a silkiness about him. In the games in which he’s played he has always looked like he has a goal in him. … The international clearance took some time to go through, which was frustrating, but David has remained patient, which is all credit to him.”
In an update on team news ahead of Luton’s match on Saturday against Halifax Town, Still said he would not rush Viana into the lineup, making it seem as though he would not play a part in the game.
The 21-year-old midfielder played for multiple Portuguese youth national teams and RC Strasbourg’s youth team in France. He moved to Atlético Madrid, which is where Real Salt Lake found him. Viana only played twice for RSL, both in October 2012, coming on as a substitute at Seattle Sounders FC and against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Luton is in sixth place in Conference National, with 20 points after 12 games. The first-placed team at the end of the season receives automatic promotion to League Two, while the next four teams advance to a playoff to determine the other two promoted sides. In 2012-13, Luton finished outside the playoff places, in seventh, 13 points below fifth place.