YANN Kermorgant admitted he had been “touched” by his reception from Cherries supporters before revealing he did not know what the short-term future held for him.

Kermorgant, who has been the subject of intense transfer speculation, received a rousing welcome when he came off the bench during the closing stages of Cherries’ 3-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.

The popular Frenchman had been named among the Cherries substitutes as a replacement for new signing Lewis Grabban who was unavailable against his former club due to illness.

Kermorgant, who netted 15 times in Cherries’ Championship-winning campaign, has yet to start in the Premier League and has fallen further down the pecking order following the return of Grabban and the arrival of record signing Benik Afobe from Wolves.

A host of Championship clubs are keen to secure his services during the January window and, should Cherries be prepared to sell, they would probably be looking for a return on the £400,000 they paid to Charlton in January 2014.

Kermorgant, who has been linked with Reading and Hull City, was rewarded by Cherries with a new deal in September and is under contract to the club until the summer of 2017.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, Kermorgant said: “The reception meant a lot and it was quite emotional because I don’t exactly know what is going to happen in the future for me. You never know, it might have been my last game, it might not have been, I just can’t say.

“The fans have always been amazing with me and have given me great support. At the moment, I am still at the club and will do my best to be as good as I can and give the maximum, like I always do. We will have to see what happens.

“If I stay, I will be happy. If I move, I will move. I don’t know yet. At the moment, I am I here and I enjoy every minute of it.

“I want to play. I have still got a few years left in my legs and I don’t just want to train and watch my team-mates play.

“It is a tough decision for me and my family but I will take the best one for us. I will speak with the manager and we will take the best decision for him and for me. We have a good relationship and it is not a problem so we will talk and see what we can do.

“It is frustrating not to be playing but that is football and I know you have to take it. I would need a few starts to prove myself but can’t expect to get four starts in a row to give me a chance to be get my match fitness.

“Maybe I could have had a chance at the start of the season but it didn’t happen. Now, it is difficult for me to get back in the team.”

Kermorgant, whose name was also chanted by supporters as he warmed-up, added: “I think I have done well and the minimum for a player is to always give your best and respect the shirt and the club.

“Sometimes you can make mistakes or not be at your best technically. But as long as you give your maximum and show the passion you have for the shirt and the club, fans will give you back that respect.

“If the fans were like that, it means I have done a job so I can be very proud of myself. Fans never forget what you have done so, hopefully, even if I finish and my time ends here, I hope I will have left something good at the club. I know the fans would never forget and it would be the same for me.”