CHERRIES youngster Baylin Johnson has joined Serie A outfit Lecce on loan for the rest of the season, subject to the completion of paper work.

The Italian club have already announced the deal, which includes a provision to make the move permanent for an undisclosed fee.

A striker that has been converted into a winger since joining Cherries academy following his release from Arsenal, Johnson will join up with Lecce’s Primavera side, the equivalent to under-19s in English football.

Johnson finished last season on loan at seventh tier Dorchester Town, playing three times without scoring, and has been with Cherries since October 2020.

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He came off the bench during Cherries’ maiden Professional Development League win at Coventry last week.

Earlier this summer, Johnson had been linked to a loan move to League One side Lincoln City, fourth tier Stockport County, as well as European sides KV Oostende and Rapid Vienna, of Belgium and Austria respectively.