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AFC Bournemouth: New signing Rantie in race against the clock
Rantie, who joined Cherries from Malmo last month, is still waiting to be granted a visa, with his application currently being processed by the UK embassy in South Africa, the Daily Echo can exclusively reveal.
The 23-year-old striker was in England a fortnight ago to finalise terms on a four-year deal before heading to Durban to link up with Bafana Bafana on international duty.
Boss Howe and assistant Jason Tindall attended an FA hearing in London 12 days ago to discuss Rantie’s application for a work permit, which was subsequently granted.
However, the move was also subject to international clearance – which came through a week ago – and the player being granted a visa – a process which is still ongoing.
Rantie has remained in South Africa since lining up in their 4-1 win over Botswana in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, with his passport accompanying his application for a visa.
Speaking to the Daily Echo earlier today, Cherries manager Howe said he was confident Rantie would be cleared in time to be in contention to face Blackpool at Dean Court.
Howe added: “We are hoping to get everything finalised before Saturday but we are in the hands of the authorities. We are hopeful he will be here because we think he would give everyone a boost.
“It doesn’t make my plans difficult and it would be great to have him involved for Saturday. We will give him all the time he needs to try to get everything sorted and to get himself here.
“These things take time and there are processes you have to go through. I don’t anticipate any problems. We are just in a race against the clock.”
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