Written by Rob Edwards (@rob_edwards19)
With the end of the January transfer window rapidly approaching, clubs at the bottom of the Premier League are working hard to bring in new recruits to help with their battle for survival.
AFC Bournemouth’s horrid form has left them occupying one of the relegation places, but despite their struggles, they have yet to make a single signing this window.
The concern for fans of the club is that there are more rumours of departures as opposed to arrivals.
One player who seems to always be linked with moving on, is key man Nathan Ake.
Since his arrival from Chelsea for £20 million in 2017, following a successful loan spell, the Dutchman has established himself as one of the main starters at the club.
At the raw age of 24, many pundits have tipped him to go on and become one of the best defenders in the league.
Following the announcement that Chelsea are now free to sign players again, rumours have circulated linking Ake with a return to his former employers.
With the West London side having a £40 million buy-back option, many speculated it wouldn’t be long until we saw Ake in blue once again.
However, Sky Sports recently reported that Chelsea are unlikely to make a move this window with them exploring other options instead.
Much needed good news for Cherries fans who had been fearing the worst.
What’s next for Fraser?
Ryan Fraser’s poor form and lack of clarity over his contract situation has left many believing the Scotsman’s days at the Cherries are numbered.
With his deal running out in June, meaning he will be free to leave for nothing, the club may retain his services until then.
On the other hand, if a player has his heart set on leaving the club, is it worth keeping them around until that point?
One player who has left the club is veteran goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The former Stoke and Chelsea shot stopper has joined AC Milan on loan till the end of the season.
This move came as little shock to those associated with the club, given the fact Begovic’s chances of achieving first-team football would prove unlikely with Aaron Ramsdale doing such a superb job between the sticks.
Eddie Howe has remained coy when it comes to any potential signings his club will be making over the coming weeks, but he will know as-well as anyone money needs to be invested into an ageing squad.
With Callum Wilson struggling for form, it’s obvious where they need reinforcements.
Howe will be hoping Sam Surridge can take some pressure off Wilson’s shoulders after he enjoyed a successful few months at Swansea.
However, he is a player relatively un-tested at this level and it may take time for him to adjust.
One or two forwards would be welcomed with open arms by fans of the club, but with every passing day, it looks ever more likely Howe will be left to work with what he’s got.