Sylvain Distin set to sign for Bournemouth

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French defender Sylvain Distin has signed on a free transfer with Premier League debutants AFC Bournemouth, following his release from Everton last month.

BBC Sport claim that a deal has been "agreed in principle" between Distin and Eddie Howe's Bournemouth, with the deal rumoured to be a on-year contract.

Distin ended a six-year stay on Merseyside at the end of the season, after being informed that his contract would not be renewed by the club.

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Despite being a mainstay of the Everton defence under David Moyes, Distin's advancing years saw him appear just 18 times in all competitions last season for Roberto Martinez's team.

However although Distin is set to turn 38 during the course of the 2015-16 season, the former Manchester City player will offer a huge amount of Premier League experience to a Bournemouth lacking significantly in that particular department.

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Distin has played in the English top flight for 14 consecutive seasons and that level of consistency it is hoped will help Bournemouth remain in the Premier League.

Bournemouth, acutely aware of their need to recruit Premier League proven players have already signed former Southampton goal keeper Artur Boruc and ex Reading stopper Adam Federici to bolster their ranks.

The club have also signed Christian Atsu, who spent last season on loan at Distin's former club Everton, on loan for the season from Chelsea.

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