AFC Bournemouth: Sought-after striker Lewis Grabban signs new Cherries contract

Bournemouth Echo: NEW DEAL: Lewis Grabban NEW DEAL: Lewis Grabban

IN-DEMAND striker Lewis Grabban has today committed his future to Cherries by signing a new long-term contract with the club.

The frontman, who this week emerged as a transfer target for Brighton, has put pen to paper on an improved three-and-a-half-year deal at Dean Court following lengthy discussions this morning.

Many had expected Grabban to move to the Amex after the Seagulls tabled a £1.1million bid, triggering a release clause in his previous Cherries contract.

But after Grabban held talks with Brighton and pondered their offer of personal terms, Cherries today confirmed that the 26-year-old had opted to stay in Dorset.

The news comes as a major boost for Cherries as Grabban, who has also been linked with Leicester, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Reading, leads the club’s goalscoring charts with 10 in 24 league games so far this term.

Grabban, who joined Cherries in a £300,000 move from Rotherham in July 2012, had previously been contracted to Cherries until June 2016 after signing a fresh deal as recently as November.

After turning his back on a move to commit his future to the club, the 26-year-old could now be in the frame to feature when Cherries host Watford in the Championship at Dean Court this afternoon (3pm).

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12:42pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now...
Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now... Afcbpete
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12:42pm Sat 18 Jan 14

cherrychris75 says...

Hopefully with clause removed
Hopefully with clause removed cherrychris75
  • Score: 10

12:43pm Sat 18 Jan 14

pokboy says...

Great news but I thought he "committed his future" when he signed his last contract only last November.
Let's hope that the release fee has been increased as well as his wages!
Great news but I thought he "committed his future" when he signed his last contract only last November. Let's hope that the release fee has been increased as well as his wages! pokboy
  • Score: 15

12:48pm Sat 18 Jan 14

oggy oggy says...

surley now people can be under no illusions of where the cherris stand in the football world our players can and have dismiss so called bigger clubs
surley now people can be under no illusions of where the cherris stand in the football world our players can and have dismiss so called bigger clubs oggy oggy
  • Score: 23

12:54pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Rotterdam says...

There have been some pretty mealy-mouthed comments about this process recently on this site.

The fact is, Lewis has been playing this season probably better than he's ever played. He's our leading scorer. He's fast, he knows how to hold the ball up. Whatever business you're in you'll want to take such opportunities to maximise your income - especially when your income isn't guaranteed much beyond the age of 35.

As it is, I think he wants to play at AFCB. For one thing, he knows he'll get a start here most games. But he also wants, quite rightly, to be paid what he thinks he's worth.

You all saw how the Millwall fans behaved towards him earlier in the season. Aren't we a bit better than them?
There have been some pretty mealy-mouthed comments about this process recently on this site. The fact is, Lewis has been playing this season probably better than he's ever played. He's our leading scorer. He's fast, he knows how to hold the ball up. Whatever business you're in you'll want to take such opportunities to maximise your income - especially when your income isn't guaranteed much beyond the age of 35. As it is, I think he wants to play at AFCB. For one thing, he knows he'll get a start here most games. But he also wants, quite rightly, to be paid what he thinks he's worth. You all saw how the Millwall fans behaved towards him earlier in the season. Aren't we a bit better than them? Rotterdam
  • Score: 27

12:56pm Sat 18 Jan 14

afcdibby says...

Are we going to get this circus every transfer window?
Are we going to get this circus every transfer window? afcdibby
  • Score: -3

12:56pm Sat 18 Jan 14

wintonCheryl says...

Fantastic news.made queue ing all night to get liverpool tickets worth it. Couple of hours sleep now ready for Watford.
Fantastic news.made queue ing all night to get liverpool tickets worth it. Couple of hours sleep now ready for Watford. wintonCheryl
  • Score: 8

1:19pm Sat 18 Jan 14

60's cherries fan says...

Best news today!!!!
Best news today!!!! 60's cherries fan
  • Score: 11

1:26pm Sat 18 Jan 14

southborn6 says...

Why have mixed feelings... Actually a clever footballer for once... A working career that is short so fair play to him.... Grabban would not be the type of player who doesnt give his all regardless of what money he is on. He's worked his way up through the ranks from league 2 til now..In real working terms everyone goes for interviews to use as bargaining power to better yourself financially.. Fair play to him

Now go out and score a brace today and see afcb win, happy times
Why have mixed feelings... Actually a clever footballer for once... A working career that is short so fair play to him.... Grabban would not be the type of player who doesnt give his all regardless of what money he is on. He's worked his way up through the ranks from league 2 til now..In real working terms everyone goes for interviews to use as bargaining power to better yourself financially.. Fair play to him Now go out and score a brace today and see afcb win, happy times southborn6
  • Score: 9

1:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CherryHammer says...

The team look better with Lewis in it so I am glad that he is staying. Now go and bag a couple today Lewis and let's revenge that early season defeat.
The team look better with Lewis in it so I am glad that he is staying. Now go and bag a couple today Lewis and let's revenge that early season defeat. CherryHammer
  • Score: 9

1:36pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

60's cherries fan wrote:
Best news today!!!!
I totally agree. Up the Albion.
Sorry I couldn't resist it. Only a joke.
[quote][p][bold]60's cherries fan[/bold] wrote: Best news today!!!![/p][/quote]I totally agree. Up the Albion. Sorry I couldn't resist it. Only a joke. Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 6

1:40pm Sat 18 Jan 14

babyduck says...

Still need a big centre forward to play with him or Rantie
Still need a big centre forward to play with him or Rantie babyduck
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Sat 18 Jan 14

WHYNOT says...

looks like one up front is going to continue then
looks like one up front is going to continue then WHYNOT
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

DCJohn says...

Signal of intent from the owner?
Signal of intent from the owner? DCJohn
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Mike Oxbig says...

Is this a case of a player being bigger that the club? What is stopping every one of our players doing exactly the same thing and hold the club to ransom for more money? Regards.
Is this a case of a player being bigger that the club? What is stopping every one of our players doing exactly the same thing and hold the club to ransom for more money? Regards. Mike Oxbig
  • Score: -16

2:13pm Sat 18 Jan 14

southborn6 says...

Usual unintelligent remarks from oxbig, well done
Usual unintelligent remarks from oxbig, well done southborn6
  • Score: 7

2:26pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Verwoodcherrry says...

Great news. WE ARE NOT A SELLING CLUB said Eddie Howe. SPOT ON Up the Cherries
Great news. WE ARE NOT A SELLING CLUB said Eddie Howe. SPOT ON Up the Cherries Verwoodcherrry
  • Score: 5

2:27pm Sat 18 Jan 14

kangman2012 says...

It would be interesting to know if with an improved deal whether the release clause has either been ditched or whether the amount has been significantly increased to ward off any possible future suitors at least until the summer. Anyway, glad your staying with us Lewis. All we need to do now is get you and TK some support in the shape of another quality striker. Go get 'em boys, 3pts and revenge for earlier in the season - UTC!
It would be interesting to know if with an improved deal whether the release clause has either been ditched or whether the amount has been significantly increased to ward off any possible future suitors at least until the summer. Anyway, glad your staying with us Lewis. All we need to do now is get you and TK some support in the shape of another quality striker. Go get 'em boys, 3pts and revenge for earlier in the season - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Sat 18 Jan 14

easthoweafcb. says...

Oi oxbog thought you were off to the forest not even found your way there then?
Oi oxbog thought you were off to the forest not even found your way there then? easthoweafcb.
  • Score: -1

2:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CherryFarmer says...

babyduck wrote:
Still need a big centre forward to play with him or Rantie
That is not what we need. The days of "big" centre forwards finished years ago....it is NOT how football is played these days. You could count the number of half decent "big" centre forwards on one hand over the top 2 divisions...only seems to be "big" Sam who believes in A "big" man up front...and look where the hammers are languishing in the premiership. Football has moved on....for the better thank god.
[quote][p][bold]babyduck[/bold] wrote: Still need a big centre forward to play with him or Rantie[/p][/quote]That is not what we need. The days of "big" centre forwards finished years ago....it is NOT how football is played these days. You could count the number of half decent "big" centre forwards on one hand over the top 2 divisions...only seems to be "big" Sam who believes in A "big" man up front...and look where the hammers are languishing in the premiership. Football has moved on....for the better thank god. CherryFarmer
  • Score: 8

2:50pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Dukecherry says...

Good news and well done Lewis. you have shown more business aptitude than our Chief Executive and superior tactical acumen than our managing duo. Keep on scoring the goals. Gazelle running do not win matches.

As long as there is lack of ability to man-manage, the same issues will re-occur and problems will be more difficult to solve. incomprehensible to see the CEO and managers not anticipating a situation where our top scorer is on far less money than a novice goalkeeper and multi-million team mate who is sitting on the bench. I am not being critical of the players here. They accept or refuse what they are offered. My criticism is directed at the management. Good management is not what you do on the pitch only. Off-the-pitch behaviour and treatment of players are equally important. Some of the interviews given by E and JT to this paper are shocking, including the most recent ones on the "intermittent" 5th anniversary and our non-league keeper.

I was one of the many fans who welcomed EH's return to the club, but having seen the way he conducted himself as we were approaching promotion, fears started surfacing about his handling of the Championship, as the case was when he went to Burnley.
Good news and well done Lewis. you have shown more business aptitude than our Chief Executive and superior tactical acumen than our managing duo. Keep on scoring the goals. Gazelle running do not win matches. As long as there is lack of ability to man-manage, the same issues will re-occur and problems will be more difficult to solve. incomprehensible to see the CEO and managers not anticipating a situation where our top scorer is on far less money than a novice goalkeeper and multi-million team mate who is sitting on the bench. I am not being critical of the players here. They accept or refuse what they are offered. My criticism is directed at the management. Good management is not what you do on the pitch only. Off-the-pitch behaviour and treatment of players are equally important. Some of the interviews given by E and JT to this paper are shocking, including the most recent ones on the "intermittent" 5th anniversary and our non-league keeper. I was one of the many fans who welcomed EH's return to the club, but having seen the way he conducted himself as we were approaching promotion, fears started surfacing about his handling of the Championship, as the case was when he went to Burnley. Dukecherry
  • Score: -10

3:00pm Sat 18 Jan 14

bmthtillidie says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Is this a case of a player being bigger that the club? What is stopping every one of our players doing exactly the same thing and hold the club to ransom for more money? Regards.
Every player, just as any employed person, has the right to maximise their wages. If a player doesn't prove value for money then when their contract runs out they are released. There are 2 sides to every coin.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Is this a case of a player being bigger that the club? What is stopping every one of our players doing exactly the same thing and hold the club to ransom for more money? Regards.[/p][/quote]Every player, just as any employed person, has the right to maximise their wages. If a player doesn't prove value for money then when their contract runs out they are released. There are 2 sides to every coin. bmthtillidie
  • Score: 2

3:07pm Sat 18 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

What a week for ups and downs ,still sat on the fence on this ,good to see he has decided to stay however he has shown his hand and is willing to jump ship if the price is right,fingers crossed for a perfect end to the week three points today
What a week for ups and downs ,still sat on the fence on this ,good to see he has decided to stay however he has shown his hand and is willing to jump ship if the price is right,fingers crossed for a perfect end to the week three points today alasdair1967
  • Score: 3

6:32pm Sat 18 Jan 14

abc100 says...

CherryFarmer wrote:
babyduck wrote:
Still need a big centre forward to play with him or Rantie
That is not what we need. The days of "big" centre forwards finished years ago....it is NOT how football is played these days. You could count the number of half decent "big" centre forwards on one hand over the top 2 divisions...only seems to be "big" Sam who believes in A "big" man up front...and look where the hammers are languishing in the premiership. Football has moved on....for the better thank god.
When will people get it that a big physical forward does not have to mean a target man like fletch
[quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]babyduck[/bold] wrote: Still need a big centre forward to play with him or Rantie[/p][/quote]That is not what we need. The days of "big" centre forwards finished years ago....it is NOT how football is played these days. You could count the number of half decent "big" centre forwards on one hand over the top 2 divisions...only seems to be "big" Sam who believes in A "big" man up front...and look where the hammers are languishing in the premiership. Football has moved on....for the better thank god.[/p][/quote]When will people get it that a big physical forward does not have to mean a target man like fletch abc100
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Solentcherry says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now...
I'm with you Pete, pleased about the outcome but not the way it's happened. Have this nasty feeling we've been held to ransom here ala Rooney at Manu.
Two "improved contracts" in almost as many months.?
Hope there's not a ripple effect with the rest of the players.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now...[/p][/quote]I'm with you Pete, pleased about the outcome but not the way it's happened. Have this nasty feeling we've been held to ransom here ala Rooney at Manu. Two "improved contracts" in almost as many months.? Hope there's not a ripple effect with the rest of the players. Solentcherry
  • Score: 3

12:22am Sun 19 Jan 14

ASM says...

of course the 1.1m release clause has been removed. Had Grabban left players like Mcquoid, Pitman, Rantie and Thomas could prove their worth. I am a massive fan of Grabban, but I think we have too many bench warmers who need to get playing and start earning their wages.
of course the 1.1m release clause has been removed. Had Grabban left players like Mcquoid, Pitman, Rantie and Thomas could prove their worth. I am a massive fan of Grabban, but I think we have too many bench warmers who need to get playing and start earning their wages. ASM
  • Score: 1

10:24am Sun 19 Jan 14

Talkingheadera says...

So said the contract was for more money? Improved could means longer one ?
It would be rude not to see what another club has to say. Full stop.
That all he did and decided he's at the best club.
Much to the anguish of the seaweed fans who are up their own arses thinking they are superior to us.
So said the contract was for more money? Improved could means longer one ? It would be rude not to see what another club has to say. Full stop. That all he did and decided he's at the best club. Much to the anguish of the seaweed fans who are up their own arses thinking they are superior to us. Talkingheadera
  • Score: -3

11:24am Sun 19 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

Solentcherry wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now...
I'm with you Pete, pleased about the outcome but not the way it's happened. Have this nasty feeling we've been held to ransom here ala Rooney at Manu.
Two "improved contracts" in almost as many months.?
Hope there's not a ripple effect with the rest of the players.
It leaves a bad taste for me, if his contract was good enough a few weeks ago, why all of a sudden isn't it now!! Eddie's been saying we have a wage structure, and we wouldn't break that, well that would obviously not be the case now, and without naming the obvious names, you would imagine there could be a queue outside Eddie's door come Monday morning. Regarding any other comments I've made recently on his purported transfer, my opinion hasn't and won't change based on what I've seen. But as always I trust Eddie's judgement and will see what happens in the future.... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now...[/p][/quote]I'm with you Pete, pleased about the outcome but not the way it's happened. Have this nasty feeling we've been held to ransom here ala Rooney at Manu. Two "improved contracts" in almost as many months.? Hope there's not a ripple effect with the rest of the players.[/p][/quote]It leaves a bad taste for me, if his contract was good enough a few weeks ago, why all of a sudden isn't it now!! Eddie's been saying we have a wage structure, and we wouldn't break that, well that would obviously not be the case now, and without naming the obvious names, you would imagine there could be a queue outside Eddie's door come Monday morning. Regarding any other comments I've made recently on his purported transfer, my opinion hasn't and won't change based on what I've seen. But as always I trust Eddie's judgement and will see what happens in the future.... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Court Side says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Solentcherry wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now...
I'm with you Pete, pleased about the outcome but not the way it's happened. Have this nasty feeling we've been held to ransom here ala Rooney at Manu.
Two "improved contracts" in almost as many months.?
Hope there's not a ripple effect with the rest of the players.
It leaves a bad taste for me, if his contract was good enough a few weeks ago, why all of a sudden isn't it now!! Eddie's been saying we have a wage structure, and we wouldn't break that, well that would obviously not be the case now, and without naming the obvious names, you would imagine there could be a queue outside Eddie's door come Monday morning. Regarding any other comments I've made recently on his purported transfer, my opinion hasn't and won't change based on what I've seen. But as always I trust Eddie's judgement and will see what happens in the future.... UTCIAD
It's not good enough now cos whatever Brighton were offering was obviously better then what he was on with his "new" contract. Personally i think his agent's played a blinder, he is looking after Lewis's interests and has probably got him a healthy deal while i shouldn't imagine for one minute it's bankrupting the club as Eddie would've said "we can't afford you, best you move on." Coming from a pre richer Rotherham i shouldn't imagine Lewis was one of the best paid players before anyway but he is more then proving he is a Championship quality striker. And to think some people were saying "get him out, he won't be good enough", pre season. Went you've got clubs like Leicester, Reading, QPR, Brighton and Forest circling it just goes to show the ability and team value he has.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Money Grabban could be his new name. I have to say I have mixed feelings right now...[/p][/quote]I'm with you Pete, pleased about the outcome but not the way it's happened. Have this nasty feeling we've been held to ransom here ala Rooney at Manu. Two "improved contracts" in almost as many months.? Hope there's not a ripple effect with the rest of the players.[/p][/quote]It leaves a bad taste for me, if his contract was good enough a few weeks ago, why all of a sudden isn't it now!! Eddie's been saying we have a wage structure, and we wouldn't break that, well that would obviously not be the case now, and without naming the obvious names, you would imagine there could be a queue outside Eddie's door come Monday morning. Regarding any other comments I've made recently on his purported transfer, my opinion hasn't and won't change based on what I've seen. But as always I trust Eddie's judgement and will see what happens in the future.... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]It's not good enough now cos whatever Brighton were offering was obviously better then what he was on with his "new" contract. Personally i think his agent's played a blinder, he is looking after Lewis's interests and has probably got him a healthy deal while i shouldn't imagine for one minute it's bankrupting the club as Eddie would've said "we can't afford you, best you move on." Coming from a pre richer Rotherham i shouldn't imagine Lewis was one of the best paid players before anyway but he is more then proving he is a Championship quality striker. And to think some people were saying "get him out, he won't be good enough", pre season. Went you've got clubs like Leicester, Reading, QPR, Brighton and Forest circling it just goes to show the ability and team value he has. Court Side
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

You say he wasn't on a good contract because he's come from Rotherham. But he'd JUST signed a new one and obviously much improved contract, otherwise why sign it. So pure conjecture isn't it, we will never know what goes on, it just looks very poor to me. I'm also still of the view that he's not good enough to be our long term option, but we'll see what happens in the next 3 years or so... UTCIAD
You say he wasn't on a good contract because he's come from Rotherham. But he'd JUST signed a new one and obviously much improved contract, otherwise why sign it. So pure conjecture isn't it, we will never know what goes on, it just looks very poor to me. I'm also still of the view that he's not good enough to be our long term option, but we'll see what happens in the next 3 years or so... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Sun 19 Jan 14

CC C-siders says...

Rotterdam wrote:
There have been some pretty mealy-mouthed comments about this process recently on this site.

The fact is, Lewis has been playing this season probably better than he's ever played. He's our leading scorer. He's fast, he knows how to hold the ball up. Whatever business you're in you'll want to take such opportunities to maximise your income - especially when your income isn't guaranteed much beyond the age of 35.

As it is, I think he wants to play at AFCB. For one thing, he knows he'll get a start here most games. But he also wants, quite rightly, to be paid what he thinks he's worth.

You all saw how the Millwall fans behaved towards him earlier in the season. Aren't we a bit better than them?
Agreed. As I said in the week, this was a major test of the owners and management, and they came through with flying colours - as did Lewis.
No idea what the revised terms are but this has avoided an effective 'for sale’ sign being placed over Dean Court. They rose to the challenge and we are a much strongly club for it.
He had a cracking game yesterday, apart from the predictable placing of the second penalty.
UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Rotterdam[/bold] wrote: There have been some pretty mealy-mouthed comments about this process recently on this site. The fact is, Lewis has been playing this season probably better than he's ever played. He's our leading scorer. He's fast, he knows how to hold the ball up. Whatever business you're in you'll want to take such opportunities to maximise your income - especially when your income isn't guaranteed much beyond the age of 35. As it is, I think he wants to play at AFCB. For one thing, he knows he'll get a start here most games. But he also wants, quite rightly, to be paid what he thinks he's worth. You all saw how the Millwall fans behaved towards him earlier in the season. Aren't we a bit better than them?[/p][/quote]Agreed. As I said in the week, this was a major test of the owners and management, and they came through with flying colours - as did Lewis. No idea what the revised terms are but this has avoided an effective 'for sale’ sign being placed over Dean Court. They rose to the challenge and we are a much strongly club for it. He had a cracking game yesterday, apart from the predictable placing of the second penalty. UTCIAD CC C-siders
  • Score: 0

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