NO LATE swoop for talented winger Demarai Gray materialised for Cherries on the final day of the transfer window.

The England under-21 international, widely tipped as one of boss Eddie Howe’s targets, stayed put at Leicester City after being strongly linked with a move to Vitality Stadium this summer.

Speculation surrounding Gray ramped up yesterday, with Sky Sports reporting Cherries had made a £25million bid.

However, it is believed there was no substance behind rumours of a deadline day offer.

Howe has admitted publicly his admiration of the 21-year-old’s ability but commented only briefly on the long-running speculation when speaking last month.

He said: “I made it very clear previously when Demarai was at Birmingham that we did like the player but he is very much a Leicester player now and I won’t comment on other people’s players.”

Cherries reportedly had a series of bids rejected during the promising youngster’s spell at Birmingham City, prior to signing for the Foxes.

Gray made 30 Premier League appearances last term, nine of which were starts.

The Daily Echo understands that Cherries did try to make moves to strengthen their squad on deadline day but were unable to do so.

Despite that, the club are thought to be very happy with their recruitment over the summer having brought in Asmir Begovic, Jermain Defoe, Nathan Ake and Connor Mahoney.

And while Cherries did not add to their ranks on deadline day, they tied up some departures.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici joined Nottingham Forest on loan and the 32-year-old stopper will be part of the squad at the City Ground until January 15.

Australia international Federici found his opportunities limited at Cherries, having made just two Premier League appearances last season.

He also featured in the FA Cup defeat at Millwall, as well as League Cup games against Morecambe and Preston.

Midfielder Matt Worthington joined Yeovil Town on loan until the start of January.

The 19-year-old linked up with Cherries under-21 striker Sam Surridge, who is on a season-long loan at Huish Park.

Worthington made his first appearance in the Premier League for Cherries when he replaced Ryan Fraser with 16 minutes remaining at Leicester on the final day of last season.

Glovers boss Darren Way told the club website: “I would personally like to thank Bournemouth and Eddie Howe for allowing the deal to come to fruition.”

With the deadline looming, defender Marc Wilson completed a move to Sunderland on a free transfer.

Wilson arrived at Cherries for an initial fee of £1.5million from Stoke 12 months ago.

He penned a two-year deal but did not feature in the league.