Bournemouth loan out Tomlin but receive Elphick boost

Date published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 4:44

Lee Tomlin: Has joined Bristol City on loan from Bournemouth

Bristol City have signed Bournemouth forward Lee Tomlin on loan for the rest of the season.

Tomlin, 27, will be included in interim-boss John Pemberton’s squad for Saturday’s home game against Birmingham.

“We’ve been monitoring his situation at Bournemouth and it’s great that we’ve been able to bring him on board,” Pemberton said.

“He wants to play football and he’ll bring us ability and experience.

“We’ve already spoken about the way we want to set the team up with a tighter backline but we can’t neglect the fact we need to score goals.”

Tomlin was signed by Peterborough from Rushden & Diamonds in 2010 before he joined Middlesbrough, initially on loan, in January 2014.

Bournemouth paid £3.5miilion to sign Tomlin in the summer following their promotion to the Premier League, but he has been restricted to one goal in 10 appearances this season.

While Tomlin has headed out, Tommy Elphick could make his return for Bournemouth in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Portsmouth this weekend after a run-out in the Cherries’ Under-21 win over Gillingham on Tuesday.

Elphick told Cherries Player: “It’s great to be back. Obviously I was a little bit rusty – it’s been a bit longer than I had thought.

“Hopefully it’s a step in the right direction to being ready for the first team.

“I have tested my ankle probably more than I will between now and the end of the season, so hopefully there will be no reaction and I can be available for the FA Cup on Saturday.”

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