AFC Bournemouth have signed highly-rated USA international, Emerson Hyndman, on a free transfer from Fulham after the 20-year-old rejected a new contract at Craven Cottage.
Due to Hyndman’s young age, the Cherries have agreed compensation with the Cottagers and he has subsequently signed a four-year-deal to join the Premier League club.
Howe gets his man
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is said to have been very impressed by Hyndman having tracked him for the majority of last season.
Howe will keep the youngster in his first team squad next season, and he will join the rest of his team mates when their pre-season begins at the start of July.
Hyndman made 17 appearances in all competitions for Fulham last season, scoring once against Cardiff City in April. The central midfielder impressed for the west London club in the Championship, with his range of passing and work rate just two key assets of his game.
Fulham signed Hyndman as a 16-year-old from FC Dallas and he signed his first professional deal just over twelve months later. He then went on to captain the highly successful Under-18 side, which reached the FA Youth Cup final in the 2013/14 season, losing to Chelsea over the two legs.
United States boss, Jurgen Klinsmann, included him in a senior squad for the first time in 2014 and he went on to make his debut against Czech Republic. A former Under-17 international, Hyndman has gone on to make one further appearance – against Puerta Rica in May – and also captained the Under-20 side at the 2015 Under-20 FIFA World Cup, which was held in New Zealand.
Hyndman was born in Texas, which qualifies him for the USMNT, but he also holds Portuguese citizenship through his family history. This was part of the reason for Klinsmann giving him his national team debut at such an early age.
In total, Hyndman made 28 senior appearances for Fulham, scoring once.