Bournemouth have signed Diego Rico from Leganes, subject to the defender receiving international clearance, the English Premier League club said on Tuesday.
“This is a new step for me in my career and from my heart I can say I am truly excited to be here and looking forward to the future.”
“I am very excited to be a Bournemouth player.”
Diego Rico scored four goals in 58 appearances during two seasons with Leganes, helping them avoid relegation from La Liga with successive 17th-place finishes.
He has now become Howe’s second pre-season signing following the arrival of Wales midfielder David Brooks from Sheffield United earlier this month.
“Diego is a player we have been tracking throughout the summer, and although we had to be patient, it’s great to finally be able to call him an AFC Bournemouth player,” said Howe.
“Diego is fast, physical, aggressive in attack and aggressive defensively. He takes an excellent set piece and has a powerful left foot.