What Bournemouth summer signings would boost Cherries
FootyOn look at five more Bournemouth summer signings after the Asmir Begovic buy and expected Jermain Defoe deal.
Eddie Howe steered the Cherries to their first-ever Premier League top 10 finish this past season.
There is already intent for the south coast club to build on that, as they have signed Bosnia and Herzegovina goalie Begovic from champions Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on a long-term contract.
England striker Defoe, who like Begovic played on loan at Dean Court as a teenager, is also set to join on a free transfer from relegated Sunderland.
Bournemouth are 11/4 with Sky Bet to repeat their top 10 finish next term, but the transfer activity may not be done yet.
The Cherries play attractive, expansive football under Howe and will seek to add even more quality to their ranks for a third Premier League campaign.
Check out five further Bournemouth summer signings our experts recommend…
Dutch defender Ake is in line to earn his first senior Netherlands international cap in their end of season friendlies with Morocco and the Ivory Coast.
The 22-year-old spent the first half of this past season on loan at Dean Court before being recalled by the Blues.
Although he made just 10 Premier League appearances in a Cherries shirt, Ake impressed and scored three goals.
If assurances over playing time at Stamford Bridge cannot be granted, then a return to the south coast could be on the cards.
That leaves Bournemouth 5/4 with Sky Bet to sign Ake again, who can play left back or centre half, this summer.
While the Defoe deal appears a mere formality as we await official confirmation, further attacking options would come in handy for Howe.
Younger legs up front in Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson are available to the Cherries coach, though the latter suffered another bad knee injury in January.
That has left a reliance on Norway forward Josh King for goals this past season, so a move for Southampton striker Austin makes sense.
Sidelined for much of last term with a shoulder problem, former QPR star Austin saw Manolo Gabbiadini arrive at St Mary’s from Italy this winter.
He is lower down the pecking order with Saints, then. There is also speculation surrounding manager Claude Puel’s future at the club, so moving clubs could be wise.
Jack Wilshere’s loan spell at Dean Court has finished and fellow midfielder Andrew Surman is out of contract.
That leaves the Cherries looking light in the engine room.
Fulham captain Cairney has excelled in the Championship and was named in the PFA Team of the Year by his peers.
Howe is lacking goals and guile from midfield, so looking at this option could solve that.
Cairney, who scored 13 times and made 12 assists for the Craven Cottage club this term, is also linked with promoted Newcastle United.
Bournemouth might be a better bet for him, because of the similar style of football he’s used to, and Sky Bet go 11/2 he heads for the Cherries.
England Under-21 midfielder Loftus-Cheek is reportedly seeking a loan spell for regular first-team football next season.
Chelsea have a poor recent record of integrating youth products into their senior squad, so where better than Bournemouth?
Howe’s coup captures of Ake and Wilshere for the past campaign mean it’s perfectly possible the Blues will send Loftus-Cheek to develop on loan at Dean Court.
The Cherries squad contains a number of former top Premier League clubs’ academy prospects.
King was at Manchester United, Afobe was with Arsenal and the Smiths – Adam and Brad – were on the books of Spurs and Liverpool respectively.
The Chelsea theme continues with legendary captain Terry leaving the Bridge after 22 years.
While he is weighing up his options, which include retirement, Howe’s interest in the ex-England defender has been denied.
There’s an old adage about believing things once they’ve been denied, and it may apply here.
Surely Terry is worth one more year in the Premier League, and his presence in the Cherries dressing room could work wonders.
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