CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe is intrigued to see how the summer transfer window will develop with the changes of deadline.

It opens at midnight tomorrow (May 17) and closes at 5pm on August 9 – instead of August 31, which it has in previous years.

The reason for the change are so clubs can avoid disruption to their squads once the Premier League season has kicked off on August 11.

And with the World Cup also set to play a part in player recruitment, Howe admitted the new dates provided an element of mystery.

He told the Daily Echo: “It will be an interesting summer. I don’t think you ever quite truly know how things will unfold until it’s there and it’s happened.

“It will be difficult with the World Cup and players coming back late from that, and how that will affect transfers.

“Historically, I think World Cups have always delayed transfers as players want to focus on their matches – a good World Cup can mean one thing and a bad one can mean another for a player.

“Usually, they want to wait until after that tournament before deciding their futures.”

He added: “Of course, now the English clubs all fall in line.

“The Football League deadline is another thing to consider and the other leagues not conforming to that deadline will mean a very interesting tussle between the foreign clubs and ourselves.

“It’s very difficult for me to give any clear idea on what will happen, I think we will have to wait and see.”

Cherries did not sign anyone during the mid-season window in January.

They did all their business early last summer by bringing in Asmir Begovic, Jermain Defoe, Nathan Ake and Connor Mahoney.

And while describing as an “unhealthy distraction” speculation surrounding players while they are competing, Howe insisted the call to bring the deadline forward could be a positive.

“From the club’s perspective, we backed it,” he added.

“It’s not just my decision, you have to respect the wishes and the needs of the chief executive and the owner. It’s a consultation between everybody before you make that call.

“The window can be an unhealthy distraction, not for me, but for the players.

“The January window is a very unsettling period. This window is a very unsettling period as well, so if you have those times where the players are not competing, then it’s all the better in my mind.”