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Tokelo Rantie

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D.O.B.

8 September 1990

Birthplace

Parys, South Africa

Height

5 ft 8 in

Position

Striker

Signed

28 August 2013

Fee

£2.6million

Former Clubs

Stars of Africa Academy, Ferroviário de Beira (loan), CD Maxaquene (loan), IFK Hässleholm (loan), Orlando Pirates (loan), Malmö FF

International

South Africa

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The Cherries signed then 22 year old forward Tokelo Rantie from Swedish Allsvenskan side Malmo FF for a club record transfer fee in August 2013.

The official fee was undisclosed but reports suggested that the deal could rise to around £2.6million.

The South African international signed a four year deal to make the move to Dean Court, with the Cherries beating Scottish champions Celtic and former UEFA Cup finalists Middlesbrough to his signature.

Rantie came through the youth system in South Africa and played for the Orlando Pirates before making his first move to Europe in Sweden.

Rantie scored a hat-trick on his competitive debut for Malmö FF against Sandvikens IF in the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) before also scoring on his league debut against GIF Sundsvall.

But he struggled to settle in the second tier of English football scoring 3 times in 31 appearances during his first season on the south coast.

As AFC Bournemouth went on to win the Championship title in 2015, Rantie made just 16 appearances, adding 2 more goals to his tally.

During the clubs first season in the Premier League Rantie made just 6 appearances before not being included in the Cherries 25 man squad for the second half of the season.

In August 2016 he was sold to Turkish Süper Lig club Gençlerbirliği S.K for an undisclosed fee.

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