MIDFIELDER Marcus Tavernier says the chance to play Premier League football was a "big factor" in his decision to join Cherries.

The 23-year-old became the club's third signing of the summer this week, putting pen-to-paper on a five-year contract.

The fee for Tavernier could reportedly reach around £12million.

Discussing his move to the south coast from Middlesbrough, Tavernier told afcbTV: "I'm feeling great at the moment. I'm happy to be here.

"It's been a long time coming and I'm sure everyone has seen in the press that it's something that's been going on in the background and I'm just delighted to be here now."

Asked what attracted him to Cherries, Tavernier added: "Obviously Premier League football was a big factor.

"It's something I've dreamed of ever since I was a little kid.

"But when I got the chance to speak to the manager as well, I know he wants to play and his philosophy, it sounds great for the style of player that I am.

"It's every kid's dream to play in the Premier League and I'm finally getting a chance to put myself out on that platform and show everyone what I can do."

Tavernier's versatility has been spoken about by both boss Scott Parker and chief executive Neill Blake as a factor for making the move for the Leeds-born talent.

Asked where he feels he can fit in at Cherries, Tavernier said: "He (Parker) has spoken about a couple of positions he's looking at me playing and I'm looking forward to seeing what he wants from me and what I can do for him on the pitch.

"I like to say I've got a lot of energy. I like to go forward and create chances and I'm hoping to bring that to this team and help us succeed in this league.

"I can play in numerous positions and I'm keen and happy to play wherever they want me to. I'll fill in and do a job if I have to and I'm happy to do whatever it takes to help the team win.

"I like to play my part in every way, whether that be going forward or going back into defence as well."