July 25 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is a top summer transfer target for Bournemouth after a successful season-long loan stint at the Championship outfit.
Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe has already recruited former Newcastle and Everton starlet Dan Gosling and Surman is another Premier League player he wants to bring to the south coast club.
Howe hinted on Thursday he wants a reunion, but confirmed no talks have taken place with the Canaries’ hierarchy over a permanent move for the 27-year-old, who has one year left on his current City deal. Surman made a major impact during a 35-game stint last season to help Bournemouth finish in the top 10.
“Andrew Surman did very, very well for us. He is Norwich’s player now so it is out of our hands what happens with his future,” said Howe. “It is very much in the hands of his club and we respect that. We were very grateful to Norwich for giving him to us for a year and in the first place so we will certainly see what happens with him. We value him very highly.
“We know the type of players we are looking for. We are pretty well organised on that front but it may be that we have to be patient with a few of them. We are always looking to improve the squad and looking to move forward. Midfield is a really important area of the pitch and I think you need quality in that position. It was definitely one of our strengths.”
Howe believes the Cherries have already pulled off one transfer coup with a pre-contract deal agreed for Gosling, who will officially join Bournemouth on July 1 following his Newcastle United release.
“He is very ambitious and a very dedicated professional and his aim is to get promoted with a Championship club,” said Howe. “We had to fight off some competition to get him and it is always a good sign when other clubs are interested.”