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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Burnley snap up Spicer and Lowe
John Spicer
Spicer spent just under a year in Bournemouth's colours
Burnley have completed the signing of Bournemouth midfielder John Spicer for 35,000, and the former Arsenal trainee has signed a three-year contract.

Spicer, 21, had a clause in his Dean Court contract allowing him to move to any club offering over 25,000.

"I think he will go on to be a good young player," Burnley boss Steve Cotterill told his club's website.

The Clarets have also signed Wolves defender Keith Lowe, 19, on a month's loan with an option to extend the deal.

Lowe, who can play at right-back and in central defence, has made 13 appearances for the Molineux club.

Spicer had joined Bournemouth from Arsenal for 10,000 last December after a successful three-month loan spell.

Bournemouth chairman Peter Phillips told his club's website: "The deal we struck with John's agent was only possible if we included an escape clause.

"He is an ambitious player who wanted to play in the Championship or higher.

"We were fortunate to sign a player of John's talents for 10,000, and we have more than recouped our outlay whilst of course securing John for the past year.

"Whilst we are sad to see him leave, we are sure John will be a great success and wish him all the best."

He becomes the third midfielder to move from Dean Court to Turf Moor in a matter of months, after Wade Elliott and Garreth O'Connor moved on Bosman free transfers in the summer.

Cotterill, who played for the Cherries in the 1990s added: "It was an awkward one for me, as I still regard Bournemouth as one of my clubs.

"But the vibe we got from his representatives was that the boy was desperate to play for Burnley.

"We have gradually brought down the age of our squad in a short space of time, and John could go on to make good money for this club."

Spicer made just one substitute appearance for Arsenal in the League Cup, but scored eight goals in 50 appearances for Bournemouth.

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