AFC Bournemouth have made a strong start to the 2020/21 season, but how important will this January transfer window be for the club?
The Cherries sit in third place of the Championship table after following their 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the weekend. These impressive performances have highlighted just how talented their squad is. It is a reveal that could put their future success at risk. The transfer window rumours have begun to swarm that many great names are being tipped for big money departures.
The Cherries have already seen key players leave the club in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League. Defender Nathan Aké joined Manchester City for £41 million, whilst goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale joined Sheffield United for £18.5 million.
Which players could be set to leave the Vitality Stadium? What impact could this make on Jason Tindall’s side?
Strong, quick, and with an eye for goal, the 28-year-old Josh King has become an important member of the Cherries squad.
Since arriving from Blackburn in 2015, King has netted 48 goals in his 169 league appearances. His most prolific season was 2016-17 when King scored 16 goals in the Premier League.
With a strong scoring record and top-flight experience, which clubs could be interested in signing the striker this January transfer window?
The Norwegian forward has been linked with Manchester United, West Ham and West Brom over the past few years.
After rejecting a £13 million bid from West Ham in the summer, Bournemouth may have to fend off interest from the club once again.
The Hammers recently sold striker Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20 million. It gives them sufficient funds to meet the £15 million price tag Bournemouth set for King.
The most alarming aspect of this rumour could be King’s contract situation. King will be out of contract at the end of the season. It will force the Cherries to make a difficult decision.
Do they cash in on one of their star strikers or risk losing him for nothing?
A central midfielder with remarkable technical ability and high-quality passing, Lewis Cook has grown to be one of Bournemouth’s stand-out midfielders this season.
The 23-year-old has started 18 of Bournemouth’s 22 Championship fixtures this season, drawing great reviews from fans and pundits alike.
Head coach Jason Tindall recently emphasised Cook’s importance to the club and showed his faith in the player stating the midfielder could “go on to become a real top player.”
After joining from Leeds United in 2016 for £6 million, where he rose through the youth system, Cook has made over 100 appearances for the Cherries.
The one-time England international’s impressive performances may be beginning to attract interest from other clubs, a worrying thought for the Bournemouth’s supporters.
But which clubs may be interested in the key passing midfielder? Perhaps the most intriguing transfer rumour is the one linked with Cook’s former club Leeds. The Premier League side have reportedly targeted the Cherries player but would have to meet the club’s asking price.
Bournemouth are rumoured to have placed a £15 million price tag on Cook. It is more than double of what they paid for him in 2016.
Cook’s departure would undoubtedly leave a hole in the Cherries’ midfield as few can shift the ball from defence to attack so quickly and calmly.
Could a return to a Premier League side be Cook’s future, or will he continue to perform for promotion battling Bournemouth?
A product of the Manchester City youth academy, David Brooks possesses flair, speed, and brilliant technical ability on the ball.
The 23-year old has been another bright spark to emerge from Bournemouth’s return to the Championship.
Brooks made 16 appearances this season, and the talented midfielder has become an important player for Tindall’s side.
The Cherries’ number seven joined the club in 2018 for £11.5 million. This move now seems like a bargain for Bournemouth.
Since then, the midfield maestro has netted 11 goals and assisted 10 during his 55 league appearances for the club.
Having played for both Wales and England at the youth level, Brooks has also gained quality international experience. It is a factor that may attract other teams in the race for his signature.
But which teams have been linked with the attacking midfielder?
Former Premier League champions Leicester City have been strongly linked with signing Brooks. It is rumoured their manager Brendan Rodgers is a big fan of Brooks. The Foxes average one of the youngest teams in the Premier League. A young midfielder such as Brooks would be an ideal target.
Another Premier League side interested in the midfielder is Sheffield United. The team currently sits bottom of the league table as they aim to survive a looming relegation battle.
A player with Brooks’ creativity and awareness could be a useful addition for either Premier League side, but would Bournemouth be willing to let go of their estimated £25 million star?
Tindall would most likely miss an attacking player such as Brooks, who picked up the November Championship Player of the Month award for his two goals and three assists in three games.
Will Bournemouth be able to hold onto their star players? Their promotion push may rely on it.