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Ireland international Marc Wilson joins Arter and O'Kane at Bournemouth

The defender leaves Stoke City after six years at the club.

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IRELAND INTERNATIONAL MARC Wilson has moved to Bournemouth on a two-year deal for £2m (€2.3m).

The 28-year-old defender said he was delighted to make the switch from Stoke to the Cherries after falling out of favour at the Britannia Stadium.

Wilson spent six years at the Potters and he seemed destined to leave the club after criticising the amount of defensive work being done by manager Mark Hughes on social media last week.

The Antrim native has played 24 times for Ireland but failed to make Martin O’Neill’s squad for the European Championships in France earlier this year following a bad run of injuries.

Wilson will join fellow Ireland internationals Harry Arter and Eunan O’Kane at Bournemouth, a club Wilson knows well following two loan spells there in 2007.

“I am delighted to be back on the south coast,” Wilson told Cherries Player HD.

“I know a lot of the guys down here and as soon I heard the interest from the club it was very appealing to me.

“Of course it was a big decision to make with having to move my wife and kid back down here, but I am thrilled now that I’ve made it.

“I enjoyed my years at Stoke but I spoke with the manager Mark Hughes and we both agreed it was time to move on – I am excited now to start a new chapter in my career.”

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