Bristol City have confirmed the signing of AFC Bournemouth forward Lee Tomlin on loan for the remainder of the season. The former Middlesbrough man has also been handed the number nine shirt at Ashton Gate, and is free to make his debut this weekend against Birmingham City.

The player has been at the Failand training ground all day as he tries to push through a move. The 27-year-old has been out of favour with the South-Coast side under Eddie Howe. He was recently disciplined internally after a series of social media messages on Twitter.

Nevertheless, interim manager John Pemberton is delighted to be able to sign a proven player at this level and someone who would walk into most Championship teams,

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

“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.

“Hopefully Lee will give us that in the final third. In tight games, like at Leeds on Saturday, hopefully he can be the one to notch something for us.”

It was during his time at Rushden & Diamonds where he impressed enough to earn a move to Peterborough United. He would help The Posh win promotion into the Championship via the play-offs but was a shining light despite their relegation back into League One a few seasons later. He earned a move to Middlesbrough in January 2014, where he again stood out. That led to Bournemouth signing him over the summer, but has struggled for game time with the Cherries.

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