As is usually the case at AFC Bournemouth, there have been far more column inches in the local and national news about potential departures this summer than there is regarding any likely arrivals.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe tends to keep his cards close to his chest in regards to his targets, with news only filtering out if that particular player attempts to engineer a move from his current club.
Howe and AFC Bournemouth never comment about targets directly.
But the summer transfer window is now officially open.
The main ambition for the club will be to keep its stars, including the likes of Ryan Fraser who only has twelve months remaining on his contract and striker Callum Wilson who has recently been named in England’s provisional squad for this summers UEFA Nations League Finals in Portugal.
Considering how the Cherries struggled during the second half of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign for numbers, due to the sheer number injuries the squad suffered, it seems obvious that Howe would be looking to add to his squad ahead of a fifth consecutive season in the top flight of English football and Howe has confirmed that is the aim.
But he makes no promises on how successful the club will be during the transfer window, making sure he doesn’t raise expectation levels too greatly.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
“I don’t think a massive overhaul is ever good for us. I think every manager says it, we’re looking at quality rather than quantity. We’ll wait and see.
“There’s no guarantees, I think I say every year that there are no guarantees we’ll be successful in our attempts to do what we want to do.
“We’ve got a good nucleus of a squad here, I think that’s the key thing. I don’t think there needs to be drastic changes but of course we would like to add quality if we can.”
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