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Bournemouth striker Mikael Ndjoli signs on loan for Gillingham

By Luke Cawdell

Bournemouth striker Mikael Ndjoli has joined Gillingham on a season long loan.

The 6ft frontman, who signed a new two-year deal with Premier League Bournemouth last month, is Gillingham manager Steve Evans’ seventh signing of the summer.

Ndjoli has yet to make a first team appearance for the Cherries but played on loan at Kilmanock last season in the Scottish Premier Division.

Evans told the club website: “I’ve had the opportunity to watch Mikael start games and come on and make a serious impact against the likes of Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen who are all huge clubs.

“Mikael is very comfortable up through the middle or in a wide position on either side of the pitch. I’m not going to build him up to something he’s not, but he has electric pace and he will be an asset to the group.”

He played 31 games for Killie, scoring five goals, four of those coming in his first five outings for the club.

Evans has been targeting strikers, with only Brandon Hanlan on the books as an out and out senior front-man.

Leading goalscorer Tom Eaves is expected to leave the Gills.

Bournemouth striker Mikael Ndjoli has joined Gillingham on a season long loan from Bournemouth Picture: Gills FC (13042138)
Bournemouth striker Mikael Ndjoli has joined Gillingham on a season long loan from Bournemouth Picture: Gills FC (13042138)

Twenty-year-old Ndjoli, who can play upfront or on the wing, helped the SPL club to a third place finish last season, behind all-conquering champions Celtic and runners-up Rangers.

The pacey striker has been with Bournemouth for the last three years, having been at several clubs as a youngster, turning out for Tottenham, Watford, Brentford and Millwall.

Bournemouth signed him from Millwall after a prolific season for the Lions' youth team, scoring 20 goals in 24 appearances.

Prior to his loan spell in Scotland, he finished the 2017/18 season with 24 goals for Bournemouth's youth side.

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