Five British Isles players who could be on Bournemouth’s wish-list
Manchester City may not be the only top flight team looking to hoover up homegrown talents when the transfer window re-opens, as freshly promoted Bournemouth (evens with Coral to stay up next season) look to build on their already strong British spine.
Cherries Championship winning coach Eddie Howe told press recently: “Predominantly we will go British-based. In our situation going into a new league with so many unknowns we want dependable players that we know. I think the make-up of our squad will be British.”
With this in mind, Coral experts put their heads together to come up with a list of British Isles additions that could contribute at Dean Court next campaign.
Here are our five for each position Brits and Irish players the Cherries (7/1 for a surprise top 10 Premier League finish in 2015/16) could pick…
Goalkeeper: Robert Green (QPR)
Having helped the Hoops bounce back from relegation before, reliable and consistent custodian Green is unlikely to want to suffer demotion alongside club QPR again. The Londoners may also want to remove big names from their wage bill, meaning a move could be on the cards for experienced goalie Green, who comes out of his side’s disastrous campaign with credit.
The Cherries currently have Southampton-owned stopper Artur Boruc on the books but, whether they sign the Polish post protector or not, top quality competition between the sticks is a must. They must move quickly though, as Chelsea are also said to be keen on the keeper.
Defender: Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town)
Bath-born centre back Mings began the season in style for the Tractor Boys, but the talented defender could be tempted to switch sides should Mick McCarthy’s men fail in their pursuit of Premier League promotion.
Aston Villa and West Ham United are already said to be sniffing around the left back, who can also cover centre half, yet his potential and versatility could make him a perfect fit for the newly promoted Bournemouth. If progress is the most important factor, chances with the Cherries would be plentiful.
When the dust settles on Derby’s promotion play-off place disappointment, a number of Rams could find themselves on Howe’s radar. However, box-to-box midfielder Hendrick could be the best bet for Bournemouth.
The Republic of Ireland international may jump at the chance to form a productive partnership with compatriot and current Cherries midfield star Harry Arter for club as well as country, and his vicious strikes from distance could prove a valuable asset in breaking down Premier League defences.
Winger: Damarai Gray (Birmingham City)
Guileful Gray is the latest British talent to make waves, and is said to have attracted interest from Premier League predators Manchester United.
Bournemouth may not stand a chance of outbidding the Red Devils, but have a long standing interest in tricky wingman Gray, and reportedly submitted a £5m bid for the St Andrew’s starlet back in January, which could work in their favour.
Still only 18, guaranteed game time is a must for the youngster, who has racked up seven strikes this term, so climbing the ladder gradually may be a better idea than leaping straight to the top, lest he end up following in Wilfried Zaha’s footsteps.
Take a peek at Gray’s superb skillset here:
Striker: Danny Ings (Burnley)
Current Clarets marksman and Cherries academy product Ings would be a cracking capture, as Bournemouth look to boost their firepower for the impending challenge of the top flight.
Soon-to-be free agent Ings would only command compensation for Burnley and, despite being linked to bigger clubs, could opt to reunite with former mentor Howe, who originally recruited him for the Turf Moor team.
The England Under-21 striker has already spoken of the importance of securing first-team football, and the prospect of partnering or challenging current Cherries hitman Callum Wilson could be tantalising compared to warming the bench at Anfield or Old Trafford.