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AFC Bournemouth: Keeper Camp would consider permanent deal
KEEPER Lee Camp hinted that he could be open to a permanent Cherries move after admitting he had been impressed by the club during his loan spell.
Camp could emerge as a transfer target when the window opens next month as the end of his Cherries stay coincides with the expiry of his West Brom contract.
The 29-year-old stopper penned a rolling monthly contract until January when he linked up with the Premier League Baggies as a free agent in September.
Since joining Cherries on a temporary basis, Camp has been an assured presence between the sticks and he has made five Championship appearances for the Dean Court outfit.
And while he said he was focusing fully on Cherries’ upcoming matches, Camp suggested that a longer Dean Court stay was a potential option.
Camp told the Daily Echo: “We are where we are. I think my loan and my contract run out the same day. We have got a busy period of games with some big fixtures coming up, a lot of winnable fixtures, so the focus is fully on that.
“The club have been excellent in their dealings – originally when I first came down and then with the extension last week – and it has all gone very smoothly.
“But I think they know my situation. If the time is right, I am sure they will speak to me one way or the other.”
When asked if he was open to coming to Dean Court, Camp said: “I am here. That is how I look at it. If I wasn’t open to coming here, I would have had an easy life at West Brom for a couple more months and done a bit of training and grabbed a coffee in the afternoon. But that is not in my nature.
“I am in the shop window and who knows, Bournemouth may offer first dibs on me. I am enjoying my time, I like the manager, I like the staff and I like the place, so there are a lot of positives.”
Ex-Derby and Forest star Camp, who has more than 350 appearances to his name, is confident Cherries’ style will bring them success in the Championship.
He added: “I have found the set-up to be really good and really professional. They try to get everything right behind the scenes. On the pitch, we try to play the right way and training is good. I have got nothing but positives to say.
“I believe in playing football. I think the whole percentage football is a thing of the past.
“The way the game is going and moving, I think Bournemouth are set up in the right way to do it.
“You have to accept that when you try to pass the ball, you are going to give it away and, sometimes, you might leave yourself a little bit open and susceptible to conceding the odd goal here and there.
“But over the course of a season, if you continue to do the right things and play the right way, you will win more matches and there is no better way to win.”
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