MARCUS Tavernier admits that the lure of the Premier League was too good of an offer to turn down but has offered his gratitude to Middlesbrough after completing his move to Bournemouth.

The 23-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a five year contract with the Cherries after spending the weekend completing a medical.

Last week, Boro accepted an offer understood to be one they couldn’t refuse whilst the player had declared his desire to make the move to the South Coast.

He said: “Premier League football was a big factor and it’s something I’ve dreamed of every since I was a little kid but when I got the chance to speak to the manager, find out the way he wants to play and his philosophy, it sounds great for the style of player that I am.

“He has spoken about a couple of positions that he is looking at me playing and I’m looking forward to seeing what he wants from me and what I can do on the pitch."

Tavernier was in the stands at the Vitality Stadium for Bournemouth's 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Spanish side Real Sociedad while Boro played out their first Championship game of the season, which finished in a 1-1 draw against West Brom.

After the defeat on Saturday, manager Scott Parker said: "Really excited. We need help, we need support and that's clear really. It will be an addition that we need, along with a lot more to be honest with you. I've always been impressed with the player."

Tavernier continued: "This was something that me and my family and my agent knew that this was the right step for me to take but I just want to thank everyone at Middlesbrough for the chance they've given me over the years because without them, none of this would have been able to happen."