Manager Eddie Howe confirmed his record signing had gained the necessary paperwork but he is yet to arrive in the country after international duty and his new manager will leave it late before making the call.
Winger Matt Ritchie is "not too far away" according to Howe having been missing since pre-season but the former Burnley boss has been keeping his cards close to his chest on his two other absentees.
Josh McQuiod and Eunan O'Kane were both sidelined before the international break and Howe confirmed he is unsure whether they will be match fit for the clash with the unbeaten Tangerines.
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