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AFC Bournemouth: Howe may look to get fringe players out on loan
MANAGER Eddie Howe will look to get some of his fringe players out on loan next month and try to bring in some new recruits.
Howe has said former skipper Miles Addison and winger Donal McDermott are both likely to be made available for loan.
Striker Matt Tubbs, who is currently at Rotherham, could be allowed to continue to pursue his career elsewhere with Howe saying his situation will be reviewed.
Addison, signed permanently by Paul Groves in July 2012, is midway through a three-year contract and has not featured for the first team for 13 months.
McDermott, a £175,000 signing from Huddersfield in January 2012, has 18 months to run on his deal and is currently training with the development squad.
Tubbs, who signed for a then club record fee two years ago, was allowed to join Rotherham at the start of the season after playing his part in Cherries’ promotion.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “No player that leaves here is out of mind. We wanted Matt to play and he was keen to play. Unfortunately, he probably hasn’t had the amount of football he wanted and we will review his options and do what is best for his career.
“Miles hasn’t played a lot of football but has been an excellent professional behind the scenes. He has worked really hard, got his head down and had a positive impact with the other players.
“In my eyes, he has been excellent but, for his own career and at the stage and age he is at, we want him to play some football to progress his career.
“Donal is in a similar position and he needs to play every week and needs to get back in the habit of playing competitive first-team football. He is certainly a player with undoubted ability but hasn’t played regularly for a long period of time. We will be very keen to get him some regular football in January.”
Boss Howe says he has identified “two or three key areas” he would like to strengthen during the transfer window and says he has been in regular contact with owner Maxim Demin.
Howe added: “There has been lots of dialogue. We have had regular meetings so we keep him updated as to our thoughts and he keeps us updated as to his thoughts, financially. There has been clear communication.
“Everyone says the January window is a difficult one but we do expect to do some business because I feel we need to. There are two or three key areas we need to improve. Finding the players for the right money and getting everything to fit into place isn’t always easy and that is the challenge.
“We can identify players easily, it is then about getting the deals done and getting them for the right money and making sure they are affordable. That is the difficult part.
“I don’t think we will be bringing in too many and it will be quality over quantity. My philosophy has always been to try to get the right ones rather than taking a short-term fix.”
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