AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: We don't need to sell our players

IN CHARGE: Eddie Howe

IN CHARGE: Eddie Howe

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BOSS Eddie Howe reiterated that Cherries had “no need” to sell players and also revealed none of his current squad had a get-out clause in their contract.

Cherries were obliged to accept Norwich City’s £3million offer for Lewis Grabban earlier this month after the Canaries had triggered a release clause in his deal.

Initially inserted at £1.1m when Grabban first joined Cherries from Rotherham two years ago, the figure increased when the striker negotiated a new contract in January.

However, with no other player in a similar position, Howe will be hoping to avoid any further departures despite interest in some of his prized assets.

Defender Simon Francis and forward Brett Pitman have become the latest players to be linked with a move away from Dean Court, with Derby and Rotherham respectively believed to be interested.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “I have always said I look at bids coming in for our players as a compliment but we have no need to sell any players.

“Lewis had a clause in his contract which we had no power over. Nobody else in the squad has such a clause so we will be looking to keep it together.

“Every situation is different and there were reasons why that clause was there which, without going into too much detail, probably helped us in the end because Lewis had the chance to earn a life-changing amount of money at Norwich and, as a club, we couldn’t stand in the way of that so he went with our best wishes.

“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have wanted to have lost him. But the club got a good figure in return for his services and I think everyone benefited. The reality was that we couldn’t compete with what Norwich were willing to pay him.”

Meanwhile, Howe and his staff will run the rule over striker Rakish Bingham during pre-season training this coming week.

The 20-year-old, once a target for Manchester City and Newcastle, was released by Wigan at the end of last season.

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8:04pm Sun 29 Jun 14

raybren says...

On incomings , George Samaras , currently playing for Greece in the World Cup , is a free agent and on Eddie ' s wish list . Maybe ....
On incomings , George Samaras , currently playing for Greece in the World Cup , is a free agent and on Eddie ' s wish list . Maybe .... raybren
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8:11pm Sun 29 Jun 14

canfordcherry says...

It has to be down to the player's in question belief in where we are going as a club. If the club sell themselves over other suitors and players aren't money Grabban (though it is a short career so you cant blame him I suppose) and sign for us then that is the sort of player we need as they wont necessarily be looking for the next chance of a pay rise. Their agents on the other hand.........

It s going to be a difficult job trying to obtain these 'elite' players when you are up against clubs with much bigger budgets. I hope Eddie gets his men!
It has to be down to the player's in question belief in where we are going as a club. If the club sell themselves over other suitors and players aren't money Grabban (though it is a short career so you cant blame him I suppose) and sign for us then that is the sort of player we need as they wont necessarily be looking for the next chance of a pay rise. Their agents on the other hand......... It s going to be a difficult job trying to obtain these 'elite' players when you are up against clubs with much bigger budgets. I hope Eddie gets his men! canfordcherry
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9:56pm Sun 29 Jun 14

matt68 says...

raybren wrote:
On incomings , George Samaras , currently playing for Greece in the World Cup , is a free agent and on Eddie ' s wish list . Maybe ....
Too moody and wages too high!
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: On incomings , George Samaras , currently playing for Greece in the World Cup , is a free agent and on Eddie ' s wish list . Maybe ....[/p][/quote]Too moody and wages too high! matt68
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10:08pm Sun 29 Jun 14

DansAFCB says...

Well I guess with a statement like this then Simon Francis will be off to Derby. I don't think we can stand in his way either!
UTCIAD
Well I guess with a statement like this then Simon Francis will be off to Derby. I don't think we can stand in his way either! UTCIAD DansAFCB
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7:37am Mon 30 Jun 14

Square Old Codger says...

Whilst we may have no need to sell players, it's very difficult to retain them given the amount of money that is being thrown around as our neighbours Southampton are finding, they have already lost three very good players and face the prospect of losing another two this week to far richer Clubs, I have some sympathy for their supporters. In some respects we are very similar Clubs, who try to produce players through youth programs backed by judicious signings of players with a potential that can be developed . There are reports that that Cook is close to agreeing a new contract, I hope that this will be so and that Eddie can keep Ritchie and Francis "happy" too. The odds are stacked against smaller Clubs though and it is so difficult for them to succeed, we are fortunate thougth to have Eddie and Jason and of course Mr Maxim supporting them. That gives us a chance!
Whilst we may have no need to sell players, it's very difficult to retain them given the amount of money that is being thrown around as our neighbours Southampton are finding, they have already lost three very good players and face the prospect of losing another two this week to far richer Clubs, I have some sympathy for their supporters. In some respects we are very similar Clubs, who try to produce players through youth programs backed by judicious signings of players with a potential that can be developed . There are reports that that Cook is close to agreeing a new contract, I hope that this will be so and that Eddie can keep Ritchie and Francis "happy" too. The odds are stacked against smaller Clubs though and it is so difficult for them to succeed, we are fortunate thougth to have Eddie and Jason and of course Mr Maxim supporting them. That gives us a chance! Square Old Codger
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