Premier League side Swansea City have published the size of the transfer fee that took midfielder Shaun MacDonald from South Wales to League One side AFC Bournemouth. Although various newspaper reports pitched the transfer fee as being between £125,000 and £150,000, Swansea's club site have stated that they will receive just £80,000 for the 23 year old from the Cherries.
They note that there are a number of kick-in clauses that may push that value upwards, including "a substantial sell-on clause", but certainly the initial value paid out by the Cherries is not as high as the earlier reports. MacDonald has signed a two year contract at Dean Court.
MacDonald told their club site that he felt he had to leave the Liberty Stadium to further his footballing career, but had praise for Yeovil Town for helping his career develop as part of five loan spells spent at Huish Park:
"I had a great lifestyle in Swansea, but moving to Bournemouth was something I had to do for my footballing career. It's been difficult to get a run of games over the years because the Swans have progressed so much; moving through the divisions so quickly. I enjoyed my loan spells at Yeovil, who were absolutely fantastic with me from manager Terry Skiverton and coach Darren Way to everyone at the club and the supporters. It also gave me a taste of playing regular football and I think I proved I can play at League level. It has helped my career progress and I want to take that forward at Bournemouth. Bournemouth just missed out on promotion last season through the play-offs and I am determined to help them push on again."
Manager Terry Skiverton stated yesterday that he had been trying to bring MacDonald back to Huish Park for a sixth loan spell at the club, but he has told the Western Daily Press today that the club could not compete with Bournemouth's transfer fee. He also indicated that he will be still looking for a loan midfielder, with new signing Dominic Blizzard yet to play in a competitive match due to injury:
"We asked how much it (MacDonald's transfer fee) would be, and we could not compete with it. With Dominic (Blizzard) being out that long , we would need another midfielder."
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