Ian Harte reacts on Twitter to Bournemouth's double signing of Gradel and Tomlin

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Former Bournemouth and Leeds defender has hailed their double deal, which included a player who played for two the clubs he did.

Ian Harte has complemented former club Bournemouth on their double signing of Max Gradel and Lee Tomlin.

The Cherries confirmed the deals via their official website, as they continue their push to build a squad capable of staying in the Premier League, after being promoted from the Championship as champions last season.

Harte was part of the Bournemouth squad, albeit used sparingly as a back-up, and was released when his contract expired in June.

He remains a free agent, with the 37-year-old best known for his spell at Leeds United in the early 2000s, featuring in their Champions League run, and establishing himself as one of the Premier League's deadliest set piece specialists.

He took to Twitter to praise the business done by his former club, namechecking Lee Tomlin. 

The second player who was part of the deal was one who shares Leeds and Bournemouth in common with Harte, Ivory Coast international Max Gradel, who spent a season on loan with the Cherries early in his career, and two seasons in Yorkshire.

Bournemouth's spending will give them a real chance of survival this season, and they face a winnable opening match at home to Aston Villa. The feel good factor of their transfer activity could help them get off to the perfect start.

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