(UPDATED) AFC Bournemouth: Charlton striker believed to be on Cherries' radar (From Bournemouth Echo)
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(UPDATED) AFC Bournemouth: Charlton striker believed to be on Cherries' radar
CHERRIES are understood to have joined the race to sign Charlton Athletic striker Yann Kermorgant.
Daily Echo sources suggest the Dorset outfit may have tabled a bid and are waiting to hear back from the Addicks.
News of Cherries’ interest in the Frenchman was revealed exclusively on our Twitter feed earlier today.
Kermorgant, who joined Charlton from Leicester in 2011, netted for the Addicks in their opening day defeat by Cherries at Dean Court.
The 32-year-old, who was linked with a move to Blackburn before Christmas, is a huge terrace favourite at the Valley and is understood to be out of contract in the summer, although Charlton have an option to extend.
And while it is believed Kermorgant would be happy to stay at Charlton, it is understood a lot would depend on boss Chris Powell keeping his job as the pair have struck up an excellent working relationship.
Cherries are likely to face competition for his services from Celtic who have also been keeping tabs on Kermorgant.
Cherries assistant boss Jason Tindall, speaking to the media at a lunchtime press conference and fielding a question about the transfer window in general, said: “When any window opens, it is a busy time for every club, every manager and the coaching staff. You are always looking to improve your squad if you can and we are no different to anybody else.
“The last five or six days of the window always seem to be the busiest and, if we are in a position to maybe do one or two things that we feel would be good for the club and would strengthen us as a squad and as a team, then, hopefully, we would.”
Tindall was also asked whether the club had received any offers for Eunan O’Kane in light of speculation linking the midfielder with a host of Premier League and Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Norwich, Swansea and Fulham.
Tindall said: “As of now, we haven’t had any phone calls but I am sure there are a lot of admirers for Eunan, as there will be for a lot of our players.
"I should imagine with the coverage the Liverpool game received, a lot of people would have seen Bournemouth for the first time, either on television or whether they were at the game and I am sure they would have been surprised with what they saw and the quality they saw.
“I am sure we are still perceived by some as a League One team and a small club in the division. But when you see the level of performance we showed against Liverpool and the ones our loyal supporters would have seen recently, then I am sure people who came for the first time would have gone away with not just one name in their notepad but two or three.
“Eunan performed extremely well against Liverpool, as he has for the past couple of months. But as well as him, there have been some really good and consistent performances from a number of the other players. Long may that continue and the players are really enjoying their football. They love the club, they like playing for the team and I think that reflects in the performances they are showing right now.”
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