AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: No panic signings

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

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BOSS Eddie Howe insists Cherries will not make any panic signings ahead of the closing of the transfer window – with Andrew Surman still believed to be his number-one target.

Reports linking Surman with a return to Dean Court resurfaced over the weekend, with the Daily Echo having predicted in April that the midfielder was likely to be on Howe’s summer wish-list.

Speculation mounted after Surman had been omitted from the Norwich squad for their clash against Watford on Saturday with Canaries boss Neil Adams non-committal when asked about the player’s absence.

Surman spent last season on loan to Cherries from Norwich and was a revelation during the second half of the campaign as Howe’s men secured a 10th-placed finish.

The 27-year-old former Southampton man, whose family still live in Hampshire, has a year left on his contract at Carrow Road and would probably command a fee of around £500,000 if the Canaries were prepared to sell.

In an interview with the Echo at the end of last season, Surman said he had “really enjoyed” his stay with Cherries and added that he would consider the possibility of a permanent move to Dean Court should the situation present itself.

Howe, who never comments publicly on his transfer targets, bolstered his squad over the summer with the acquisitions of Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson, while striker Lewis Grabban left to join Norwich after they had triggered a £3million release clause in his contract.

Asked by the Echo at his post-match press conference on Saturday whether he was keen to bring in any more players, Howe replied: “We are keen to do something. I don’t over-react to wins or losses. You try to have a plan and a long-term plan and stick to it.

“We evaluate the squad all the time and are looking at one or two additions. But, as I have said before, there are no guarantees. You only want to get the right players, ones you think potentially will make you better and strengthen your squad.

“We certainly won’t do anything we feel rushed into and will take each individual player on their own merits. We would like to but we will have to wait and see. There are a lot of things that have to fall into place, it is not just our wants.”

When asked whether he would be prepared to divulge which positions he was looking to strengthen, Howe said he would be keeping that information “under my hat”.

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7:12am Mon 18 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.
This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 5

7:42am Mon 18 Aug 14

BishopforEngland says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.
Do wonder what would happen if the kerm gets injured
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.[/p][/quote]Do wonder what would happen if the kerm gets injured BishopforEngland
  • Score: 1

8:21am Mon 18 Aug 14

nonnogeppetto says...

“We certainly won’t do anything we feel rushed into and will take each individual player on their own merits. We would like to but we will have to wait and see. There are a lot of things that have to fall into place, it is not just our wants.”

Those who questions EH's ability to manage our team should take this quote (taken from above) to bed with them and read it over and over again until they'll fall asleep. Wisdom in action as far as I am concerned. Up the mighty Cherries
“We certainly won’t do anything we feel rushed into and will take each individual player on their own merits. We would like to but we will have to wait and see. There are a lot of things that have to fall into place, it is not just our wants.” Those who questions EH's ability to manage our team should take this quote (taken from above) to bed with them and read it over and over again until they'll fall asleep. Wisdom in action as far as I am concerned. Up the mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 6

8:42am Mon 18 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.
Do you have anyone in mind as Yann is a bit of a one-off for us and it is a big ask to understudy the Kerminator?
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.[/p][/quote]Do you have anyone in mind as Yann is a bit of a one-off for us and it is a big ask to understudy the Kerminator? TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

9:43am Mon 18 Aug 14

abc100 says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.
Do you have anyone in mind as Yann is a bit of a one-off for us and it is a big ask to understudy the Kerminator?
How about the lad from Yeovil, Kiefer -Moore, he caused us problems at Huish park last season
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.[/p][/quote]Do you have anyone in mind as Yann is a bit of a one-off for us and it is a big ask to understudy the Kerminator?[/p][/quote]How about the lad from Yeovil, Kiefer -Moore, he caused us problems at Huish park last season abc100
  • Score: 0

9:58am Mon 18 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^
I didn't get to Huish last season but at 6ft5in and 13stone, he sounds like the "beast of Somerset", can he play?
^ I didn't get to Huish last season but at 6ft5in and 13stone, he sounds like the "beast of Somerset", can he play? TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

10:09am Mon 18 Aug 14

devon fan says...

with regard to Andrew Surman it is interesting to note that the number 6 position has not been allocated in the squad numbers
with regard to Andrew Surman it is interesting to note that the number 6 position has not been allocated in the squad numbers devon fan
  • Score: 6

10:26am Mon 18 Aug 14

mark.s says...

Could the imminent arrival of Surman hint at why Arter looked so flustered and angry on Saturday? - Was Arter trying to hard to make his case?
Could the imminent arrival of Surman hint at why Arter looked so flustered and angry on Saturday? - Was Arter trying to hard to make his case? mark.s
  • Score: 5

11:25am Mon 18 Aug 14

abc100 says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
^
I didn't get to Huish last season but at 6ft5in and 13stone, he sounds like the "beast of Somerset", can he play?
Looked a decent player to me, sure he would be a good signing and would learn a lot from watching Yann
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: ^ I didn't get to Huish last season but at 6ft5in and 13stone, he sounds like the "beast of Somerset", can he play?[/p][/quote]Looked a decent player to me, sure he would be a good signing and would learn a lot from watching Yann abc100
  • Score: 1

11:58am Mon 18 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

abc100 wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
^
I didn't get to Huish last season but at 6ft5in and 13stone, he sounds like the "beast of Somerset", can he play?
Looked a decent player to me, sure he would be a good signing and would learn a lot from watching Yann
Sounds promising a bit of height, bulk and skill. Can't praise Yann enough for how he fitted in to the team he is the couilles de chiens!
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: ^ I didn't get to Huish last season but at 6ft5in and 13stone, he sounds like the "beast of Somerset", can he play?[/p][/quote]Looked a decent player to me, sure he would be a good signing and would learn a lot from watching Yann[/p][/quote]Sounds promising a bit of height, bulk and skill. Can't praise Yann enough for how he fitted in to the team he is the couilles de chiens! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

1:27pm Mon 18 Aug 14

eaststandman says...

mark.s wrote:
Could the imminent arrival of Surman hint at why Arter looked so flustered and angry on Saturday? - Was Arter trying to hard to make his case?
Could well be. Arter was up tp his usual nonsense again Saturday.

If only he would stop screaming at the officials and concentrate on passing to one of his teamates............
..................
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: Could the imminent arrival of Surman hint at why Arter looked so flustered and angry on Saturday? - Was Arter trying to hard to make his case?[/p][/quote]Could well be. Arter was up tp his usual nonsense again Saturday. If only he would stop screaming at the officials and concentrate on passing to one of his teamates............ .................. eaststandman
  • Score: 4

3:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

abc100 says...

I am a Harry Arter fan but he was poor Saturday, along with most of the team, Unfortunatly for Harry if the team does not play to its usual high standards he will usually be the scapegoat as he is the playmaker, will never excuse the fact that he can't keep his mouth shut but I love his will to win, certain players will never be favourites for certain sections of fans and they only see the negatives in certain players, I reckon the positives outweigh the negatives with Harry and Eddie picks him every week without fail, if Surman does sign and I really hope he does after last seasons performances we would look very strong in central midfield
I am a Harry Arter fan but he was poor Saturday, along with most of the team, Unfortunatly for Harry if the team does not play to its usual high standards he will usually be the scapegoat as he is the playmaker, will never excuse the fact that he can't keep his mouth shut but I love his will to win, certain players will never be favourites for certain sections of fans and they only see the negatives in certain players, I reckon the positives outweigh the negatives with Harry and Eddie picks him every week without fail, if Surman does sign and I really hope he does after last seasons performances we would look very strong in central midfield abc100
  • Score: 4

4:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

lionheart says...

Would be a simple arrangement for payment. Knock it off payments for what Norwich owe us for Lewis Grabban
Would be a simple arrangement for payment. Knock it off payments for what Norwich owe us for Lewis Grabban lionheart
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Court Side says...

I too am a big fan of Harry's but he's still not the finished article. I accept he's always going to have a mouth on him, that's just the way he is, and i believe he's still one of the best passers of the ball in the team and one of the best harriers and harrassers without the ball, ( as long as he's not diving in!), but he's still prone to lapses of concentration, 2 examples on saturday being when he recieved the ball 5 yards outside our area with time and space, dawdled on the ball, was robbed and then took the lad out 2 yards outside our box and then when he had the ball in our half over by the main stand, lofted it into the middle to no one in paticular leading to a dangerous Brentford break. All these things he can iron out of his game as he grows with age and experience but when you are trying to push on to the next level you really can't afford to miss the opportunity of bringing in a player like Surman, someone i really hoped we'd get after his loan last season. If we do manage to bring him in then that's going to be a formidable central midfield and as Eddie has already said he plans to rotate the squad this season. It's good to have strength in depth. It wasn't that long ago we couldn't fill a subs bench!
I too am a big fan of Harry's but he's still not the finished article. I accept he's always going to have a mouth on him, that's just the way he is, and i believe he's still one of the best passers of the ball in the team and one of the best harriers and harrassers without the ball, ( as long as he's not diving in!), but he's still prone to lapses of concentration, 2 examples on saturday being when he recieved the ball 5 yards outside our area with time and space, dawdled on the ball, was robbed and then took the lad out 2 yards outside our box and then when he had the ball in our half over by the main stand, lofted it into the middle to no one in paticular leading to a dangerous Brentford break. All these things he can iron out of his game as he grows with age and experience but when you are trying to push on to the next level you really can't afford to miss the opportunity of bringing in a player like Surman, someone i really hoped we'd get after his loan last season. If we do manage to bring him in then that's going to be a formidable central midfield and as Eddie has already said he plans to rotate the squad this season. It's good to have strength in depth. It wasn't that long ago we couldn't fill a subs bench! Court Side
  • Score: 3

5:32pm Mon 18 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

BishopforEngland wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.
Do wonder what would happen if the kerm gets injured
Sounds like no one rates Pitman. Yanns reserve
[quote][p][bold]BishopforEngland[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: This just repeats something that we already know, Eddie plans long term and likes to "keep under the radar" re possible signings and he has made it clear that he has "irons in the fire" which, may or may not bear fruit. Time will reveal all, we shall just have to be patient. Can't help hoping though , that one is an understudy for Yann.[/p][/quote]Do wonder what would happen if the kerm gets injured[/p][/quote]Sounds like no one rates Pitman. Yanns reserve holdinkæft
  • Score: -1

11:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

canfordcherry says...

Any truth in the rumour that Gradel was watching Saturday?
Any truth in the rumour that Gradel was watching Saturday? canfordcherry
  • Score: -2

9:09am Tue 19 Aug 14

molbol says...

canfordcherry wrote:
Any truth in the rumour that Gradel was watching Saturday?
Yes he was.
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: Any truth in the rumour that Gradel was watching Saturday?[/p][/quote]Yes he was. molbol
  • Score: 0

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