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He began to find form as he scored 4 goals in 9 matches, all of which were wins, against Swindon Town, Colchester United, Hereford United and Chester. Millwall finished 5th in the table, and after defeating Leeds United in the play-off semi-finals, they lost 3–2 to Scunthorpe United in the final at Wembley.
After scoring 12 Championship goals last season he has found the net once in six Premier League games this term.
“He is entering a new league and that is going to be a big experience for him but we believe he can make the step up,” Howe said. “He is strong, you just look at him and know he is going to be a handful but he has good technique.
"It was such a long, drawn-out transfer but we're delighted it's been done."
However, with Norwich hoping to complete the signing of Everton’s Steven Naismith for £8m, their manager, Alex Neil, has sanctioned Grabban’s departure, meaning Bournemouth have spent more than £20m on strikers since the end of August, having also signed Glenn Murray from Palace for an initial £3m.
Bournemouth have re-signed Lewis Grabban from Norwich for £8m only 24 hours after they spent a club-record £9m on another striker, Wolves’ Benik Afobe.
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 August 2016 (UTC).
On 31 August 2007, he joined Scottish side Motherwell on loan until January 2008. He made his debut on 3 September in a 2–0 defeat to Hearts. His loan ended on 2 January and he returned to Crystal Palace, playing in a 3–0 win against Wolves 10 days later. A week later he played in his final game before joining Millwall, a 2–0 win against Bristol City at Selhurst Park.
"He's also someone who was popular in the dressing room, behind the scenes he's a strong motivator and we're delighted to be bringing him back.
On 4 July 2011, Grabban signed for League Two side Rotherham United, on a two-year deal. He had previously worked with manager Andy Scott during his time at Brentford.
In two years on the south coast he scored 35 goals in 86 league appearances before making the move to Norwich, who were promoted alongside Bournemouth last season.
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"I think we'll be getting a better Lewis Grabban," said Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
Grabban, who began his career at Crystal Palace, first joined Bournemouth from Rotherham for £300,000 in May 2012.
“He had such a good time for us, scored goals, worked incredibly hard and it’s a good fit for us. He’ll bring enthusiasm and the benefit of Grabbs is that he knows how we play.
Grabban, who moved to Carrow Road from Bournemouth in 2014 for around £3m, has been a target for Eddie Howe for some time and the manager had three bids for him turned down in the summer. At the time Norwich were reluctant to sell and suspended the former Crystal Palace trainee for leaving the team hotel without permission before their League Cup victory at Rotherham in August, despite being named on the bench.
“I am excited by that because I think there is a lot of potential in him and he is a really good age, and I think there are a lot of good years ahead of him.”
After joining Crystal Palace at the age of 13, he was handed his debut in a 3–0 home win against Walsall in the League Cup on 23 August 2005. He made his second appearance in the following round, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 win against Coventry City on 20 September. In May 2006, he was named 'Academy Scholar of the Year'.
The one-time Arsenal striker Afobe was unveiled on Monday having signed a four-and-half-year deal. His former manager, Arsène Wenger, said he was “very happy” for the 22-year-old while Howe is predicting big things for his new signing.
It was initially thought Afobe cost £10m, but that fee is now believed to be £9m.
Grabban went to Cumnor House School in South Croydon, where his footballing talent was noticed, and was spotted by Croydon Schools and Purley Panthers teams. He went on to secondary education at Trinity School of John Whitgift in Shirley. He left after GCSE to join Crystal Palace on a full-time basis.
Bournemouth are still waiting for international clearance for Argentina’s Juan Iturbe, who signed on loan until the end of the season, but they hope he may be available for Tuesday night’s meetinghome home game with West Ham.
“I think we’ll be getting a better Lewis Grabban, but he’ll realise that we’ve got better as well and he will have to adapt too. But we’re in no doubt we’re getting a good player back.
The signing of Grabban comes a day after Bournemouth completed a move for Wolves striker Benik Afobe, taking the club's spending to £16m in 24 hours.
"But he'll realise that we've got better as well and he will have to adapt, too. We're in no doubt we're getting a good player back.
He scored his first goals of 2012 on 2 January, as Rotherham beat Bradford 3–0 at home. On 5 January Crawley Town bid £100,000 for Grabban, who had scored 12 goals in 24 appearances so far for Rotherham. The bid was rejected, and Rotherham manager Andy Scott labelled the bid as "embarrassing", saying it would take big money for them to accept any offers.
Bournemouth host Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday.
Grabban, Lewis - Bournemouth (ENG)
Lewis James Grabban (born 12 January 1988) is an English-born Jamaican professional footballer who plays for English side Bournemouth as a striker.
Although born in London, Grabban is also eligible to play for Jamaica in addition to England. In May 2014, it was reported on TV Jamaica that he was called up by German coach Winfried Schäfer to play against Serbia on 26 May 2014 in an international friendly. However the player was not named in the squad due to passport issues. Grabban was later called up to the Jamaica national football team on 27 February 2015 for friendly games against Venezuela and Cuba.
The 27-year-old left the Cherries for Carrow Road in 2014 and has returned on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
He returned to Crystal Palace and made his league debut on 20 February 2007, in a 1–0 away win against Southend United. On 14 March 2007, he scored his first professional goal in a 3–2 win against West Brom.
On the opening day of the 2008–09 season, Grabban scored in a 4–3 defeat to Oldham Athletic. His goal at the time had given Milwall a 3–1 lead, however Oldham sensationally managed to come back and win the game 4–3. On 30 August, he scored in a 2–1 win against Huddersfield Town, and scored again the following game which was a 2–0 win against Hartlepool United.
On 11 January 2016, Grabban re-signed for now Premier League side Bournemouth from Norwich City on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
On 16 August 2006, he joined Oldham Athletic on an initial one-month loan deal. He made his debut on 19 August in a 1–0 loss against future club Millwall. The loan deal was extended a day before it was due to expire on 15 September, keeping Grabban at Oldham for another month. After making 10 appearances for the club, he was recalled by Crystal Palace on 10 October 2006.
“He’s also someone who was popular in the dressing room, behind the scenes he’s a strong motivator and we’re delighted to be bringing him back.”
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