Thursday, 30 January 2014

Nervy AFCB fans await transfer news

Transfer windows are supposed to be tense and exciting and this one is potentially a key one for the Cherries. The latest transfer speculation at AFCB is getting a bit nervy as news is slow to filter out of Dean Court.

Twitter conversation is rife between Charlton and AFCB fans on the future of Yann Kermorgant in particular. There are doubts whether Kermorgant will sign for the Cherries now, while Rhoys Wiggins has been offered a 4.5 year deal to stay at Charlton Athletic, according to BBC Solent's Kris Temple. Kermogrant may wish to stay at Charlton but could also still be tempted to go north to Celtic so perhaps Charlton fans should not rejoice quiet yet if Yann does not come to AFCB.

Meanwhile, there are strong reports that AFCB tabled a £1.5m bid for Cardiff City's Joe Mason that was turned down, although a fresh bid could be imminent. Other clubs now said to be chasing Mason include Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers, Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday.

While the talk is all about whether AFCB can secure the services of Kermogant, Wiggins and Mason I am happy that news is deflected away from any of our players. So far no bid news has come in of big clubs looking to steal away our young crop of talented Championship players and yet I am sure that some are waiting until the last minute. Shwan Jalal is the only likely mover so far to Bradford City, while Partington is likely to extend his loan to Aldershot, says the Bournemouth Echo.

Although Eddie Howe has remained fairly quiet about transfer targets it appears now that he certainly has been given funds to go and strengthen the squad and some major efforts are going in to bringing in more players. The starting 11 on Saturday could have one or two new names in it. The injury list that includes Daniels, O'Kane, Fraser and Rantie may mean that it will be quite a different team any way.

I would expect the Kemorgant and Wiggins deals will be sorted one way or another today, but the Mason target is the one that I believe Eddie Howe has been after for a long time and will more likely conclude tomorrow if successful.

Sit tight, it could be a long day and an even longer evening tomorrow night. UTCIAD!

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