Sunday, 17 June 2018

AFCB's midfielders linked with moves away

The location of where Dan Gosling and Harry Arter will start their new seasons looks open to speculation now as Cardiff City and Swansea City look to bolster their squads. Gosling has been attracting interest from Neil Warnock, according to Wales Online, while Arter is a target for Swansea City's new manager Graham Potter, reports the 72.

The interest in Bournemouth central midfielders follows the continued transfer talk about the Cherries wanting Jefferson Larma at Levante. keeping the Cherries' central midfielders content is not going to be easy for Howe with only one place looking up for grabs with his clear preference for Lewis Cook to be starting the majority of games next season. Dan Gosling has done nothing wrong in the past campaign and has been the best partner for Lewis Cook and it's not clear that Howe would want to let Gosling leave with the kind of performances he put in least season. Gosling is in a good position though to press his claims for a starting place in the newly promoted Cardiff side, if he did believe his starting position was going to be much harder to hold on to at AFCB. But Gosling still has three years left on his contract so Cardiff may find that their bid will have to top £10m for the player. Warnock is looking to snap the midfielder up for £5m.

Dan Gosling is receiving interest from another Premier League club.
Arter is more likely to be allowed to move as he has been much more vocal about his discontent at not starting games and while West Ham looked favourites to sign the player, he may find that a move away from Dena Court could see him have to drop down a division. What that would mean for Arter's international career prospects would be a pressing worry for the player and that could be the main sticking point for Swansea City trying to sign the ex-Woking player.

But until Bournemouth get a midfield signing of their own over the line, there seems little prospect in Howe deciding to deplete his small squad further unless clubs are willing to pay well over the odds to land their chosen players.

As the transfer window continues though the pressure will increase on AFCB to make a break through in the transfer market. At present, the Sun on Sunday is indicating that Shaun Brooks at Sheffield United is most likely to be that first signing with the Cherries having made a £12m bid for the midfielder now with Spurs also looking to be interested in making an approach for the youngster.

Should AFCB go back in for Brentford defender?

The news that AFCB have had another offer for Brentford's Chris Mepham turned down after an initial bid last January that also failed to land the player, should AFCB discontinue their chase for the player that is only going to see his price escalate? Brentford certainly don't seem keen on selling the 20-yer old who was a major contributor last season for the Bees with 21 appearances, and having made his first senior international appearance for Wales in March this year against Mexico, Brentford know they have a special talent on their hands.
Eddie Howe walks around Griffin Park in 2014-15,
but has been sending scouts there more recently.
According to SkySports, the player signed a five year contract for the London club in September 2017 and played 21 games in the Championship last season with Brentford having made his debut at  Griffin Park in January 2017. Brentford conceded 52 goals last season in finishing 10th and only the teams above them conceded fewer goals.

Eddie Howe has been tracking centre-half Mepham for some time now and the improved offer of £10m compared to last January's £5.5m bid, as announced by SkySports, is a sizeable increase. So what now for the Cherries? The Cherries need reinforcements in their back line and yet the club has not paid more than £10m for a Championship player in the past, and it looks like Brentford would not even be tempted if the Cherries added another £2m, if as SkySports report the £10m bid is not close to their valuation of Mepham.


Bournemouth will have put a lot of work into trying to make this a successful bid, but for once they are not finding their spending power enough to make the Championship side budge. It's certainly a knock back for AFCB and I'd imagine the club is very keen to get a first signing completed before the end of June.

The move for Mepham strikes me as another player who would be signed on potentially having a few games in the first team next season and not necessarily a certain regular starting spot. It suggests to me that perhaps AFCB are not yet seeking to bring defenders in that would put Simon Francis or Steve Cook on the subs bench. I kind of hope that AFCB therefore drop their interest in Mepham before they try and pay over the odds. 

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I other news, Michael Dunne is holding a signing day for Dean Court Days on Saturday 23 June between 1-3pm at In off the far post, 901 ld Christchurch Road, in Pokesdown BH7 6AX. Richard Cooke and Paul Morrell are also popping in to sign a few copies of the book.

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Should AFCB look to sell Aussie defender?

Eddie Howe has made a lot of signings since his return to the club but not all of them have been instant successes. Brad Smith is one player who must be wondering whether it was a good move for him to leave Liverpool to join Bournemouth. Since coming to AFCB he has made five Premier League appearances, all in 2016-17. However, last season he was restricted to cup games. Should he move on?

Is time running out for Brad Smith?
Brad Smith is 24 and should be a player that is at least challenging for a starting place in AFCB's side every week. Yet, Charlie Daniels has kept Smith out of the team and having had two seasons on the south cost, Smith must wonder what he has to do to get some games. It's easy to question his appetite for wanting to play as he had just as much difficulty at Liverpool. But Liverpool are a top club and AFCB are fighting to stay in the Premier League each season. Why hasn't Brad made a breakthrough yet?

Brad has been injured for part of his time at AFCB having played for Australia and been injured. Still, others have managed to force their way into the team after injuries. I am starting to question whether Eddie Howe made a wrong choice. He saw something in Brad  to want to sign him and if he has not built on that potential should we be asking whether Howe has done enough with the player?

The clock as to be ticking on Brad Smith's AFCB's career. The Cherries haven't got a squad big enough to have to carry players that never get a game. If Howe has made a mistake, I hope he is big enough to admit to it and let the player move on. Otherwise, it is about time that the club came out with some reasons why Brad Smith was signed as sitting on the bench is not the sign of a player that was brought in, because he was better than what AFCB already had at the club.

In other news AFCB announce pre-season friendly with Real Betis of Spain and AFCB have a £10m bid for Brentford's central defender Chris Mepham rejected, according to SkySports.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Fixture calendar gives AFCB chance of a better start in 2018/19

The fixtures for the Premier League were released yesterday with little fanfare on the day that the World Cup got underway in Russia. But just like all the teams in the World Cup, the Premier League clubs will want to win their first game. Bournemouth have not manage that in their last three attempts, but the fixture computer has been a little kinder than it might have been by giving the Cherries a home game against newly-promoted Cardiff City on 11 August.
AFCB officially displayed the new fixtures shortly after 9am yesterday.
The first month will also see games against West Ham and Everton. Bournemouth will also have to play Chelsea before the first international break. It is encouraging that the Cherries won't have to play another top six side from last season then until November, when they'll entertain both Man Utd and Arsenal. The Christmas period seems just as hard as always with Man City, Liverpool, Spurs and Man Utd on call, but they have to be played at some point. The Boxing Day fixture is highly likely to be popular with a first visit to Tottenham's new stadium.


The home derby against Southampton comes early in October and it will be interesting to see which of the two clubs is doing best by that stage. Brighton don't feature at Dean Court until just before Christmas so it doesn't look like the Cherries first points will come against Chris Hughton's side like they did last season.

We'll have to wait until the second half of the season for the visits of the other newly promoted clubs to Dean Court and Wolves and Fulham will know if they are doing well by that stage. Just like last season though AFCB end the season with an away game. It isn't such a long distance haul though in having Crystal Palace on 12 May and for me it is always the closest game to my doorstep so I'll be looking forward to that one! But some have already pointed out that the fixture computer doesn't like to give the Cherries a home final game.

18/19: Palace away 17/18: Burnley away 16/17: Leicester away 5/16: Man Utd away
14/15: Charlton away 13/14: Millwall away 12/13: Tranmere away
Whether the fixture list gives one team more of an advantage than any other is hard to prove, and TV viewing will alter a good number of the fixture dates in the end. The fact is everyone has 38 games to get the points they need and every season it doesn't look any easier. Still, in Eddie we trust. UTCIAD!

Meanwhile, L'Equipe is reporting that Max Gradel is to be sold to Toulouse for EUR2m in a permanent move for the Ivorian.

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Galatasaray join French clubs chasing Bournemouth loan player

Bournemouth striker Max Gradel is a loan target for Turkish football giants Galatasaray, according to futbolarena. Gradel is being offered a viable chance to play Champions League football next season, if the Turks can beat off the competition for the Ivrorian striker's signature. 
Could AFCB sell their second player this season before bringing anyone in?
The news comes after several days of Gradel being linked to French teams for next season. Only last week, French paper L'Equipe had reported that Gradel was of interest to Rennes who were promoted from Ligue 2. St-Etienne FC, from where AFCB bought Gradel, are also said to be again interested in the CΓ΄te d' Ivorie international, according to Sportswitness.

While it may be a great opportunity for Gradel to play against the best players in Europe, if he wanted to play for Galatasaray, he has no doubt enjoyed his time in France with Toulose. h Last season he wanted to leave Bournemouth on loan to play his football in France and he found form straight away. It was a difficult season in keeping Toulouse in the top flight, but a good season season for Gradel who was the club's top scorer. Now Gradel, 30, is in demand.

Bournemouth may not want another loan period for the striker though. Toulouse were keen to have him on loan with a view to buying him at the end of the season. The potential for the Cherries to cash in on Gradel is probably quite high, having seen him do well in the French League with 11 goals and four assists.

As long as Bournemouth sit tight they could find they have a bidding war for Gradel and will be able to see some return for his year away from the club, even if the Cherries would do well to push the price up.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Cherries linked to England U21 striker

The Daily Mirror has dampened down the potential for a move for Dominique Calvert-Lewin to the Cherries yesterday, after the player is said to want to remain at Goodison to fight for his place under new manager Marco Silva. The Cherries are keen to find England stars of the future, and  Calvert-Lewin would fit the picture having become a regular in Everton's side before January when Sam Allardyce bought in Cenk Touson.
Is Dominic Calvern-Lewin an improvement on AFCB's current strikers?
Signing for Everton for just £1.6m from Sheffield Utd in 2016, Everton could make quite a tidy profit if they did decide Calvert-Lewin was surplus to requirements. The 21-year-old has some time to impress the new Everton manager, but AFCB could test the waters later in the summer window to see if the striker was looking likely to spend time on the bench next season at Goodison.

Bournemouth's linking with strikers has continued and it would seem that Howe is not happy with his current crop of forwards ahead of the new season. Whether Calvert-Lewin would fit straight into a Bournemouth side is questionable, but it does raise the question of how many forwards are AFCB looking to sell themselves this summer? If Howe could get in a striker of the calibre of Calvert-Lewin, would he agree to part with Josh King? I would hope not, but with the Cherries clearly looking for new strike options, I don't think we can rule out the possibility of front-line player sales this summer.


The Cherries need to progress on what they have achieved already on the Premier League and it is perhaps time for a shake-up.

Note, Premier League fixtures for 2018/19 are released tomorrow and you may have noticed that there is a certain World Cup competition starting in Russia as well!

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

AFCB make £16m bid for La Liga player

Bournemouth have made a £16m bid for Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma, according to SkySports. The Cherries are keen to get the deal sorted before the World Cup gets underway. The move for Lerma, 23, will alert Premier League teams that the Cherries are perhaps willing to let Harry Arter depart this summer and the Colombian is a similar player that will drive a team forward from midfield.

Earlier today, The Sun claimed that Bournemouth were leading the chase for Lerma despite offers from sides in La Liga and the Bundersliga. The foreign pursuers are thought to value the midfielder at around £8.8m. It may seem that AFCB would be paying well over the odds with these lower valuations and SkySpotrs even says that add-ons could push Bournemouth's price up to £19m. While paying big money may well succeed in getting the player, it is arguable that the Cherries are not wanting to mess about and are prepared to splash the cash to get their first summer signing.

Jefferson has played against the best in La Liga with games against Barcelona and Real Madrid. In May 2017, Jefferson signed an extended contract with Levante to keep him with the Spanish side until 2022. So, the Colombian is perhaps not expecting to move this summer even if the size of AFCB's bid will surely make Levante consider listening.

Eddie Howe has not delved into La Liga before and the signing would mark a new era in AFCB's spending power. Lerma would be AFCB's second largest signing ever behind Nathan AkΓ© and perhaps we are starting to get an idea that Howe is intent on brining players with top class credentials now to the club to move the Cherries further up the Premier League. While the Cherries are not at all packed with Spanish speakers there may be a need to brush up the language skills if AFCB's bid is accepted.


In other news, Benik Afobe has signed for Stoke City having only recently signed for Wolves.