Eddie Howe Anticipates Quiet Deadline Day For The Cherries

Bournemouth Press Lounge

Written by Conor Faherty from the Vitality stadium (@conorfahertyy)

Eddie Howe admits he expects no incomings on deadline day, whilst failing to rule out the departure of Josh King who has been the subject of a bid from Manchester United.

Bournemouth rejected the Red Devil’s approach earlier this morning, with the offered fee rumoured to he north of £20million for the Norwegian forward.

Speaking on the bid, Eddie Howe said: “I can’t deny what you’ve read, another club has seen how good he is. Let’s wait and see, he’s a massive part of our team.”

King joined the Cherries from Blackburn in 2015 but was previously at Manchester United as a youngster.

Whilst the door remains ajar for King’s departure, Howe expect a quiet day in terms of incomings.

“We are looking but we’ve never been in the transfer market for permanent signings. We have looked for loans but I can’t imagine much happening.”

Bournemouth take on Aston Villa this Saturday at 3pm, with the Villans sitting two places and two points above the Cherries in the table.

In terms of team news, Bournemouth will field a team not too dissimilar to the side that beat Brighton in their last outing in the league.

Villa will be in good spirits after reaching the League Cup final in the week in dramatic fashion, whilst also having collected three points in their last league match against Watford.

Howe said: “We can’t control how Villa feel, we can only control what we do. We need to make sure that we give everything and we can’t ask for anymore than that.”

Ryan Fraser has also been under the spotlight for Bournemouth after he came out in the week and admitted that he hadn’t been playing to the best of his ability.

Howe stated: “You have to admire Ryan’s honesty and he speaks from the heart, sometimes his words can come out wrong.

“He does play for the team just maybe not to the best of his ability. He’s an outstanding player and I have seen an improvement in how he’s handled the situation.”

The game kicks off tomorrow at 3pm at the Vitality Stadium, live coverage will be available on the Nerve Sport Twitter page.