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AFC Bournemouth: Howe confirms Thomas is set for Dean Court exit

Bournemouth Echo: MOVING ON: AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas MOVING ON: AFC Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas

CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe believes striker Wes Thomas is facing “a big moment” in his career as he contemplates his next move.

Thomas looks set to leave Dean Court during the transfer window after failing to hold down a regular place over the past 18 months.

The 26-year-old has been involved in the majority of Howe’s matchday squads this season but has been restricted to just two starts and 10 appearances from the bench.

Thomas, signed permanently from Crawley two years ago following a productive loan spell, is out of contract with Cherries at the end of the season.

The frontman has already been told he will not be offered a new deal and has been granted an opportunity to find another club.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “Wes has six months left on his deal here and has a desire to play regular football.

“At the moment, I can’t offer him that guarantee and, because of where he is with his contract situation, I think he will probably move, whether on loan or permanently.

“It has been difficult to get him much game-time due to the form of our front players. Wes will feel he needs to earn himself a new contract at the end of this season and, unfortunately, that will not be with us.

“We have had a number of clubs contacting us regarding his availability and although things will have to be agreed with us, it will be very much up to Wes to decide where his future lies.”

Thomas, reportedly the subject of a six-figure bid from Swindon Town recently, is understood to be a target for a number of other League One clubs and a couple in the Championship.

He made an encouraging start to his Cherries career by netting 10 times in his first 18 league games, his only other goal for the club coming during a 2-2 draw at Stevenage in March 2012, Paul Groves’s first match in charge.

Thomas netted nine goals during loan spells with Portsmouth, Blackpool and Birmingham last season and looked set to join the Tangerines a year ago before boss Michael Appleton jumped ship for Blackburn.

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5:30pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bmthtillidie says...

A shame that he didn't keep up his original good form. I suspect a team is going to pick up a new years bargain in the AFCB clearance sale!
A shame that he didn't keep up his original good form. I suspect a team is going to pick up a new years bargain in the AFCB clearance sale! bmthtillidie
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7:47pm Fri 3 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

Makes good business sense ,if Wes is out of contract in July then sell him now when there is opportunity to make money rather than allow him to walk as a free agent come July
Makes good business sense ,if Wes is out of contract in July then sell him now when there is opportunity to make money rather than allow him to walk as a free agent come July alasdair1967
  • Score: 5

8:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

West moors 1 says...

EH says he hasn't given Thomas game time because of the performances of the other strikers. Well, except for Grabbon, the others have been very poor! So Thomas must be feeling very disappointed but we will not miss him and hopefully get a better striker in. Matt Tubbs is on his way back, that might be interesting. Up the cherries!!
EH says he hasn't given Thomas game time because of the performances of the other strikers. Well, except for Grabbon, the others have been very poor! So Thomas must be feeling very disappointed but we will not miss him and hopefully get a better striker in. Matt Tubbs is on his way back, that might be interesting. Up the cherries!! West moors 1
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10:09pm Fri 3 Jan 14

rogthedodge123 says...

I cant help but feel for the players who have to sit on the bench week in and week out but the reality is that they are just not good enough for a team that is knocking on the door of the play-offs in the championship...best wishes to all who move on....In Eddie we always trust
I cant help but feel for the players who have to sit on the bench week in and week out but the reality is that they are just not good enough for a team that is knocking on the door of the play-offs in the championship...best wishes to all who move on....In Eddie we always trust rogthedodge123
  • Score: 6

10:16pm Fri 3 Jan 14

raybren says...

Thomas + cash for Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham ? Are we one of the clubs interested in Samuel Aziz , Swedish centre forward ?
Thomas + cash for Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham ? Are we one of the clubs interested in Samuel Aziz , Swedish centre forward ? raybren
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10:29pm Fri 3 Jan 14

afcbJPR says...

He clearly doesn't figure in Eddie's plans, so lets at least some cash for him before he walks away for nothing, even if it isn't much as we would like, and save on his wages.
He clearly doesn't figure in Eddie's plans, so lets at least some cash for him before he walks away for nothing, even if it isn't much as we would like, and save on his wages. afcbJPR
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11:51pm Fri 3 Jan 14

horsted says...

GOOD LUCK WES, WHEREVER IT MAY BE
GOOD LUCK WES, WHEREVER IT MAY BE horsted
  • Score: 11

11:12am Sat 4 Jan 14

DansAFCB says...

Good riddance to you Wes! I want players who want to wear our shirt with pride playing for us, not someone who clearly thinks he is better than he actually is! UTCIAD
Good riddance to you Wes! I want players who want to wear our shirt with pride playing for us, not someone who clearly thinks he is better than he actually is! UTCIAD DansAFCB
  • Score: -3

4:46pm Sat 4 Jan 14

abc100 says...

DansAFCB wrote:
Good riddance to you Wes! I want players who want to wear our shirt with pride playing for us, not someone who clearly thinks he is better than he actually is! UTCIAD
Long time no comment Dan!!!
[quote][p][bold]DansAFCB[/bold] wrote: Good riddance to you Wes! I want players who want to wear our shirt with pride playing for us, not someone who clearly thinks he is better than he actually is! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Long time no comment Dan!!! abc100
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5:51pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Square Old Codger says...

It sounds like Taylor to Swindon, Tubbs to Crawley, just wonder whether there will be takers for the remaining 4/5 players who are available. I hope so, for their sakes, if they do well they could secure their futures. It would also reduce our wage bill and , maybe, allow Eddie to bring a couple in.
It sounds like Taylor to Swindon, Tubbs to Crawley, just wonder whether there will be takers for the remaining 4/5 players who are available. I hope so, for their sakes, if they do well they could secure their futures. It would also reduce our wage bill and , maybe, allow Eddie to bring a couple in. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 1

5:58pm Sat 4 Jan 14

abc100 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
It sounds like Taylor to Swindon, Tubbs to Crawley, just wonder whether there will be takers for the remaining 4/5 players who are available. I hope so, for their sakes, if they do well they could secure their futures. It would also reduce our wage bill and , maybe, allow Eddie to bring a couple in.
Taylor to Swindon will not save us a penny!!! Although I hear that Thomas is wanted by Wolves!!
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: It sounds like Taylor to Swindon, Tubbs to Crawley, just wonder whether there will be takers for the remaining 4/5 players who are available. I hope so, for their sakes, if they do well they could secure their futures. It would also reduce our wage bill and , maybe, allow Eddie to bring a couple in.[/p][/quote]Taylor to Swindon will not save us a penny!!! Although I hear that Thomas is wanted by Wolves!! abc100
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