CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe is this week hoping to complete the signing of Felipe Campanholi and sees the Brazilian youngster as “one for the future”.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who also has Italian citizenship, impressed Howe and his staff during a recent trial spell.

Campanholi is currently a free agent following his release – on medical grounds – from Italian club Padova. The teenager has a minor heart defect.

Howe, who has offered Campanholi a professional contract, said: “As far as I’m concerned, he is 100 per cent fit.

“They are very strict in Italy about heart defects and we are a bit more relaxed in this country. I wouldn’t try to bring in anybody if I didn’t think they weren’t fit enough.

“He’s keen to come to England and we have made him an offer. I believe he has tremendous ability and is a real prospect, maybe further down the line than this season.

“He’s got great talent and great feet and can certainly cross a ball. I’ve taken a long-term view and you’ve got to look to the future.

“He’s a young player who is hungry so we want to bring him in to try to improve him.

“Although everyone knows the next few months are going to be vital, there is going to be a next season and there is going to be a future. As a manager, you have got to look long term as well so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Campanholi has returned to Italy and will not feature in Cherries’ Combination clash against Yeovil Town at Huish Park today (2pm).

However, Howe will run the rule over Southend’s James Lindie and Bristol City’s Marlon Jackson against the Glovers and is also hoping to get permission from Spurs to give a run-out to Simon Dawkins.

Strikers Lindie and Jackson both trained with Cherries yesterday, while Dawkins, who started the season on loan to Leyton Orient, has been recommended to Howe by Kevin Bond through Spurs coach Clive Allen.

Danny Hollands, who is suspended for Cherries’ League Two clash against Wycombe on Saturday, has also been named in the reserves squad, although Juan José Carricondo Perez – the man they call Juanjo – is unlikely to feature as he has told Howe he is struggling to get over from Spain.