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AFC Bournemouth: Cherries turn down two bids from Derby County for Simon Francis

Bournemouth Echo: FANS' FAVOURITE: AFC Bournemouth defender Simon Francis FANS' FAVOURITE: AFC Bournemouth defender Simon Francis

CHIEF executive Neill Blake has confirmed that Cherries have turned down two bids for defender Simon Francis from Championship rivals Derby County.

Reports emanated over the weekend that right-back Francis, 29, had been the subject of interest from last season’s beaten play-off finalists on the back of his consistent displays for the Dean Court club.

The former Charlton Athletic defender had played every minute of every match during Cherries’ return to the second tier before sitting out the first half of the campaign closer at Millwall.

Francis, who provided more assists than any other Cherries player last season, had his fine form recognised by supporters when he won the Daily Echo's Micky Cave Trophy, the player of the year award voted for by fans.

And having today confirmed the Rams’ interest in Francis, Blake took the opportunity to reiterate boss Eddie Howe’s mantra that Cherries had no intention of selling their prized assets.

"We are not in a position anymore where we need to consider selling our best players," Blake told the club website.

"We especially wouldn't consider agreeing transfers to direct competitors towards the top of our division.

"Unfortunately, our hands were tied with the sale of Lewis Grabban due to the release clause in his contract, but we will not be seeing any other players leave the club this summer unless Eddie Howe feels it is the right move for AFC Bournemouth.

"As Eddie has said publicly over the past few days, we are now in a position where we want to be adding the finishing touches to this season's squad and that is what I would like to be doing over the next few weeks."

Derby County have declined to comment on Blake's announcement according to the Derby Telegraph. 

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4:39pm Mon 30 Jun 14

PaulRaffle says...

Derby, go away and Ram your bid ...
Derby, go away and Ram your bid ... PaulRaffle
  • Score: 8

4:40pm Mon 30 Jun 14

YafcbY says...

Sale him only for 20 million pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sale him only for 20 million pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! YafcbY
  • Score: -6

5:16pm Mon 30 Jun 14

smhinto says...

They always say never believe anything until it is offiially denied.
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First Derby denied it, then AFCB denied it. Then behold - it's turns out to be true!!
They always say never believe anything until it is offiially denied. . First Derby denied it, then AFCB denied it. Then behold - it's turns out to be true!! smhinto
  • Score: -10

5:40pm Mon 30 Jun 14

N Smith says...

Franno was brilliant last season, really pleased that we told Derby where to go
Franno was brilliant last season, really pleased that we told Derby where to go N Smith
  • Score: 7

5:55pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Nat1234 says...

Unless Francis wants to leave .. It's a no go . I just hope he wants to stay on the AFCB bus . And ride all the way to the premiership .
Unless Francis wants to leave .. It's a no go . I just hope he wants to stay on the AFCB bus . And ride all the way to the premiership . Nat1234
  • Score: 4

6:28pm Mon 30 Jun 14

St Albans Cherry says...

He was exceptional last season and i reckon surpassed many people's expectations. At least I heard very little from a lady in the SF Stand last season, that spent most of the two halts bemoaning our Eddie ever playing him? She was proved wrong and Simon was rightly voted the supporters choice and we would truly miss his professional attitude.

What a shame should he leave. We do have a replacement but I feel we would lose a very good, gifted and competent player. If he goes we will understand that it is purely for the money and not the bigger club mind set but somehow I don't think our Simon will want to leave the sea side just yet...
He was exceptional last season and i reckon surpassed many people's expectations. At least I heard very little from a lady in the SF Stand last season, that spent most of the two halts bemoaning our Eddie ever playing him? She was proved wrong and Simon was rightly voted the supporters choice and we would truly miss his professional attitude. What a shame should he leave. We do have a replacement but I feel we would lose a very good, gifted and competent player. If he goes we will understand that it is purely for the money and not the bigger club mind set but somehow I don't think our Simon will want to leave the sea side just yet... St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 4

6:30pm Mon 30 Jun 14

St Albans Cherry says...

halts? read halts sorry spell predict curse...
halts? read halts sorry spell predict curse... St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -2

6:31pm Mon 30 Jun 14

St Albans Cherry says...

halves
halves St Albans Cherry
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9:47pm Mon 30 Jun 14

abc100 says...

Another new and improved contract winging it's way to Francis!!!
Another new and improved contract winging it's way to Francis!!! abc100
  • Score: 0

10:35pm Mon 30 Jun 14

holdinkæft says...

he should of been in the England squad.
he should of been in the England squad. holdinkæft
  • Score: 0

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