With pre-season just a few weeks away, manager Eddie Howe is biding his time before moving to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season in the Champsionship, even though many clubs have already signed a clutch of players before players and staff disappeared on holiday.
Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Howe is quoted as saying: "Every manager hopes to do that but I have learned down the years that it never works like that. One year, we were quite fortunate - when we got promotion from League Two to League One at this club - that we were able to bring in the players we wanted in good time for pre-season, so we could work with the squad. But I don't think it will be as easy as that this time. You can bring in a couple of players late who can really make a difference for you, so we will work on the players we want and see where it goes. We would rather wait and get the players we really want, rather than take whatever is available. But it is not all about bringing in players for us. It is about trying to get the squad to an acceptable level and the right level for us, and re-adjust the wage bill because financial fair play does have a big bearing on us at the moment".
Source: Cherries MAD