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.

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