Three players Bournemouth should sign on deadline day
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has welcomed four new arrivals to the Vitality Stadium in this transfer window.
Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and versatile defender Nathan Ake have both signed from Chelsea, while England striker Jermain Defoe has returned to the club where he made his name after leaving Sunderland. Finally, young winger Connor Mahoney has been snapped up from Blackburn Rovers with a view to the future.
With no major departures, Howe will be pleased with the shape of his squad. However, here are three players we think he should sign before the window shuts.
The Arsenal midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth after making a surprise deadline-day switch to the south coast. Although he failed to score and only provided two assists, the statistics do not tell the whole story. Wilshere created plenty of opportunities that were not capitalised upon and he raised the performances of his team-mates.
Although famously injury-prone, the 25-year-old is a class act when fit and would greatly improve the Cherries’ midfield, which has struggled to assert itself in the three defeats that have undermined their Premier League campaign thus far.
It is clear that Wilshere’s future lies away from the Emirates and although his wages may be an issue, Howe would do worse than to consider launching a loan bid with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.
Out of favour at West Ham United, Byram is a player who interested Howe when he was earning rave reviews as a youngster with Leeds United. The 23-year-old joined the Hammers in 2016 but has failed to establish himself under Slaven Bilic.
Although he made 18 Premier League appearances last season, Byram has not had any game-time this term after being pushed further down the pecking order thanks to the arrival of Pablo Zabaleta.
Bournemouth need right-back cover for Adam Smith and Bryam would fit the bill. Howe expects his full-backs to attack and defend in equal measure and Byram’s energy makes him an ideal candidate. H
e would be more likely to get regular football at the Cherries and working under Howe, who has a history of improving young footballers, could give his career the kick-start it requires.
Bournemouth have long been linked with Gray. Howe has monitored his progress over the last few years and, according to BBC Sport, failed with several attempt to sign him during the January 2015 window, when the England Under-21 star was playing for Birmingham City.
Gray subsequently joined Leicester and lifted the Premier League title in his first campaign. He made 41 appearances in all competitions last season but was limited to very few Premier League starts, which has sparked interest from several clubs.
Having allowed Max Gradel to leave on loan, Bournemouth have a vacancy for a winger and Gray would be the perfect replacement. However, it would likely take a bid upwards of £25 million, as per The Sun, for Leicester to consider selling and that may price the Cherries out of a move.