Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman interests Bournemouth chief Eddie Howe

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is wanted by Bournemouth again after a successful season-long loan stint. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is wanted by Bournemouth again after a successful season-long loan stint. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, May 29, 2014
3:07 PM

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is a top summer transfer target for Bournemouth after a successful season-long loan stint at the Championship outfit.

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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.”

33 comments

  • Has Surman said where he'd like to be?

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Well said, SwiSS. Said Similar on another board. It seems the Board`s answer to our problems is to send themselves to Norwich City College and take a course in `Management Studies for Dummies`. A bit late for that? Perhaps they will have completed Exercise One - "Draw up an Organisation Chart for the management of the supply of refreshments..." - in time for the big dash for hot dogs at half-time. Hopefully in time for Christmas.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Was the head of player recruitment who just left responsible for such roaring successes as RVW and Hooper?

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Mattias333 is very right about player loyalty. There is no loyalty in football, or beyond. Even the youngsters will go if the right career path opens up elsewhere. Works both ways too, with good players often dumped when the team moves on without them. Having one properly loyal player at a time is about what most teams can hope for. Even they will tend to leave when the time is right for them, or get shipped out when it's right for the club.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Id love players who want to play for the fans but in reality how many actually care about the club and its fans. Hitmen for hire on the most part. Unless you find a local lad who loves the club like we 'fans' do its about career progression. Over time they can become attached the club (like Huckerby, Drury etc...). Obviously Robbie Keane is an exception because everytime he signs for a club he pulls out the "I always dreamt of playing for (insert team name here)".

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • If surman wants to go let him go and norwich will get in player who wants to play for norwich city and fans.

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    boy

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Regarding bringing new players in, let's not forget that we just let the head of new player recruitment go and we are "going to the market" for other positions. I hope that the next season does not start before the McNally Department of Technical and Administrative Affairs is in place and all their bonuses, opt outs, golden parachutes, silver linings and copper bottoms have been agreed.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Malaga\Lobbo - agree entirely. All this stuff about Management Teams smacks of prevarication and dissembly. I pray we are not entering a quickish tail-spin into L1 oblivion - again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Totally agree 'Malaga', a tad worrying really. Did you see my post on the previous article that we visited Frigiliana yesterday, and very nice it is to.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • The writing had been on the wall for weeks maybe months before last season ended. While naturally the club needed to remain optimistic on the outside, inside the Board ought to have known that realistically the game was up and contingency planning should have been in place ready for or in case of the drop. As ever there appears to have been no Plan B. If as seems likely we have done little or nothing before the season's end in identifying players the club want to keep, those it wants to move on and a list of new targets. The fact that we are now virtually into June and all we are hearing is talk about other club's interest in mainly peripheral players. As the season now starts early in August there is really little time to sort out the squad and have time for Adams and his coaching staff to work with them, first on fitness and then on moulding them into a playing style he wants to adopt and hopefully in some cases reorganising the system to get the best out of players. At this rate we will be heading into the season with the playing set-up far from complete let alone settled. As with Hughton, a lot will be learnt from the open pre-season games. In Hughton's case it was all too obvious he had no attacking outlets or options because of the way he'd set his team up to defend. Adams must have a settled squad and system in place by 8 August and the players given time to make it work properly.

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    malaga flier

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Now Fox has gone, Surs could prove a good "keep". Lambert rated him very highly. Where would we find a better midfielder for free? (Unless, under Adams, Norwich will stop giving players away...). Like Howson, he`s not renowned for his tigerish tackling, but we have Johnno to do that? Definitely worthy of a place in a Top-10 Championship side. Ask Eddie Howe. Btw, Andrew Croft is not so bad either...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Lots of worrying comments here. I saw someone mention Surman can help us finish in the top 10 in the championship? While in my head I personally think we will finish 8th or 9th, surely we are aiming higher than just a top 10 finish? Also saw someone mention Lambert always played Surman Left wing and hes a central midfielder? I couldnt disagree more as I always remember Lambert playing Surman in the left central midfield role of the narrow diamond but I always thought he was better on the left wing like he was at Southampton. Opinions Opinions Opions. Technically a good player but if we're going to play how im suspecting Adams will I dunno whether he will be a good fit. Im not against Surman staying. Decent player at Championship level. Depends if hes another one fed up with NCFC due to a lackluster previous managers treatment of them.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Bryceland makes an excellent point we need to get a shift on sorting the'sheep from the goats' so that we hit the ground running next season. Only two considerations (1) obtaining best price for those departing (2) ensuring those who remain are fit for purpose eg. dedicated and determined to play well for the club.

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    mardler

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • Just as we witnessed in the last two seasons there is the malaise of inactivity and complacent inaction at Carrow Road. We were all excited to have got rid of Hughton and believed that with relegation a whole new set up at Carrow Road would usher in a period of urgent rebuilding. However, the expected root and branch restructuring required to make Norwich a viable promotion candidate has failed to materialise. They have all gone on holiday. Perhaps this is the "Norwich Way" that Bowkett was boring us all with. Perhaps this squad miraculously rebuild itself. But as yet, nothing happening at Carrow Road. No announcements of talent being brought in, no press releases to state that Bassong, Tettey, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Etc are all being let go having brought us down to the Championship. No player pledging his best efforts to restore the Club to the Premiership. Why the inactivity when other Clubs are clearly already rebuilding and making plans for the new season?

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    Brycland

    Friday, May 30, 2014

  • I am surprised about the lack of motion from NCFC so far. Have we seen a detailed list of players we are letting go - just a few names so far? Nothing that defines the squad, and a complete zero on players we are going after. As someone said earlier in a post, I don't think we have a championship winning squad - we need a few bigger, taller, more physical players for the championship if we are to gain promotion.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • We will newer have another stadium, Carrow Road keeps keeps that feeling of a sell out with lots of demand.

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    Glenn

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Cardiff have just signed their 4th new player in preparation for next season. We need to see some action. Come on, Neil!

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    Flying Canary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Lincs Canary great comment I could not put that any better.

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    yarco

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I'm a big Surman fan.He's got that bit of class about him and his contribution in the second half of our first season up was crucial.After his injury setbacks,he has rediscovered his confidence on the south coast.Not only would I keep him he would be the first name on my teamsheet.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Framboise -Yes but in theory they ARE bigger clubs than us, like it or not !

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    spark

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • spark, yes several teams have bigger stadium capacity than us but don't necessarily fill it. I think the day will come when we need to bite the bullet and leave Carrow Road for a new 35000 capacity stadium. Sad buit u;ltimately necessary. We'll need to get our place back at the top table for that.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I would love us to keep him but if his heart is in Bournmouth we should sell him there, what's the point keeping him if he is not happy? Also I believe that if we don't treat the players well who want to leave then others will have second thoughts about signing for us as what goes around comes around. We could have done with having him in our midfield last season and loaning out some youth for experience.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • i would swop surman for eddie.

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    bluelight

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • I would prefer to have Surman back ,especially if he can help us reach the top 10 like Bournemouth achieved. Unless we have a major overhaul I cannot see us even reaching the top half especially with a terrible strike force & lack of pace. We certainly won't be a big fish down there , 12 teams in the championship have a bigger stadium capacity than us.

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    spark

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Bournemouth busy preparing for next season. Our lot on holiday.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Glenn

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • saw him play last season , he ran the midfield and his touch and passing was spot on, but was not a hard tackler-would keep him in the squad next season

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    mervyn Lambert

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Eddie Howe is a competent manager and Bournemouth are our competitors in the Championship so where is the sense in selling a determined dedicated player like Surman? Determination and dedication were so sadly lacking in our team last season so bring him back and play him in midfield so that we can benefit.

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    mardler

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • If Eddie Howe "values him very highly", then presumably he is prepared to pay us several million for him ? If not, would be good to see him back in our midfield for our championship season.

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    john in exile in Leeds

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • .....Which two are you suggesting we buy Colin ?.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Surman always played left wing under Lambert and Hughton, but Bournemouth always picked him in central midfield. That's his position. Norwich should keep him. That know-how will help. You need at least four central midfielders in the Championship. I'd keep Surman and Howson, sell Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey and Fer, and sign two new central midfielders.

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    Colin

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Different manager, different league. All bets are off and to be fair in most peoples cases its a clean slate. How one player was used under Hughton may not be the case under Adams. You could go further to say people like Hoolahan who wasnt even played much under Adams at the end of the season (due to being a luxury player) may suddenly become important again within a lower quality league where Adams has already stated hes looking to attack, entertain and create chances.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Bring Surman back to City and see how he has improved. Had good reports last season on him. Give him a chance in the Chumpionship and only sell him off if City buy some talented youngsters.

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    goldie

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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