AFC Bournemouth's latest signing Lys Mousset has revealed that he rejected 'a fair amount' of offers from a number of highly established European clubs in order to join the Cherries this summer.
The south coast side confirmed Mousset had signed a four-year deal last weekend and it has now been revealed just why the young striker chose to move to the Vitality Stadium.
High In Demand
Speaking in an interview with L'Equipe, Mousset said: "I had a fair amount of offers, from Torino, CSKA Moscow, Tottenham and Sevilla but I felt Bournemouth (was the right club) as they were the club that were rising in terms of strength and wanting to progress."
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Mousset, who progressed through the ranks of the famed Le Havre academy - which has also produced the likes of current French internationals Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet - also insisted that he's determined to adapt to his new surroundings quickly.
"I think I will adapt quickly (to the Premier League). At Bournemouth, there is a desire for me to progress," Mousset explained.
"I have been told that they are going to make me work. It is a project that I liked. I felt a lot of confidence and respect for me and my family.
"I am very happy. The Premier League is the division I have dreamt about ever since I was little. I love the game, the impact, the intensity. The last-placed team can beat the first-placed team. I cannot wait to discover all of that.
"I want to play, to start. Aside from that, I am not going to fix myself a number of goals I want to score. What I can tell you, is that I really cannot wait to start."
One For the Future
Mousset finished last season as the second top goalscorer in Ligue 2, with 14 goals in 28 appearances. Despite his exploits, Le Havre were unable to gain promotion to Ligue 1, which led to increased speculation of Mousset's future away from the Stade Oceane.
Although the amount of interest did not come as a shock to the young Frenchman, Mousset did admit that he was 'surprised' by the size of the fee that Bournemouth paid - believed to be in the region of £5.4 million - in order to gain his services.
Mousset said: "In the current state of the market, it is quite normal for a young attacker to have offers. So I was not surprised."
"But I was surprised by the amount. There are higher fees, but it's still not bad!"
Mousset was also a part of the French U20 squad that reached the final of this year's edition of the Toulon Tournament; where they eventually lost to England 2-1.
He becomes AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe's third signing of this summer transfer window; following the arrivals of Emerson Hyndman from Fulham on a permanent deal and Nathan Ake, on a season-long loan from Chelsea.