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Bournemouth should go all out to lure this 26-year-old Hull City powerhouse to solve central midfield woes

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Bournemouth Opinion: Why Howe should go all out to sign Markus Henriksen

According to a report from VG, Markus Henriksen is planning to leave Hull City when his contract expires in the summer amidst interest from Premier League duo Leicester City and Newcastle United.

Markus Henriksen, 26, has been one of Hull’s top performers this season, transforming the club’s fortunes from being a relegation fodder to playoff contenders. The Tigers are currently 12th in the table, just five points adrift of the final playoff spot.

Hull City’s surge up the table in the last couple of months saw Henriksen stay put at the club amidst interest in the January transfer window. Both Leicester and Newcastle were said to be interested in acquiring the Norwegian’s services​ in January and will likely renew their interest in the summer when he becomes a free agent.

That said, Bournemouth must beat the likes of Leicester and Newcastle for the signature of Henriksen this summer.

Bournemouth have struggled in the second half of the campaign, winning just three games out of 10 Premier League games since the turn of the year. In fact, they have won just once in the last six league games that have seen the Cherries fall out of top 10.

That’s disastrous for Eddie Howe and co. plainly because they were firmly in the race for finishing seventh. They are now seven points adrift of seventh-placed Wolves, which clearly tells a lot of work needs to be done over the summer if Bournemouth are to challenge for a Europa League spot next season.

One of the prime areas that needs bolstering is the central midfield, with Howe having very limited options to select from. Lewis Cook’s season-ending injury has further depleted the options in midfield, leaving Howe to select from Jefferson Lerma, Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling.

There is a clear lack of depth in midfield and Howe should address the problem by signing Markus Henriksen. Standing at 6ft. 2in, the Norwegian international is a technically-gifted and tactically-versatile midfielder who is comfortable playing in No.6, No. 8 and No.10 roles in the midfield.

He is a very strong and physical midfielder whose towering frame helps him win almost every aerial duel. The former Rosenborg and AZ Alkmaar man is exceptionally sharp and agile for a player of his stature and also has wonderful dribbling skills for a central midfielder.

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Henriksen can pick a pass, break attacks with his tackling and interception skills and is adept at controlling the tempo of the game. Furthermore, he is a leader on and off the pitch and will add goals from midfield for Bournemouth.

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Available on a potential free transfer at the end of the season, Howe should do everything possible to get Henriksen. The Norwegian’s all-action displays and versatility certainly tick all the boxes to be a smashing signing for the Cherries.

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Bournemouth will not regret signing this 9-time capped international ace to solve goalkeeping woes – Agreed?

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Bournemouth Opinion: Cherries should move for Jack Butland this summer

According to Sky Sports, Bournemouth have joined the race to sign Jack Butland from Stoke City in the summer, with manager Eddie Howe keen to bolster his options between the sticks.

Butland has been in impressive form for the Potters in the Championship this season and has managed 14 clean sheets from 38 appearances.

A youth product of Birmingham City, Butland spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town before being snapped up by Stoke in 2013. The Englishman enjoyed fruitful loan spells at Leeds United and Derby County before establishing himself as Stoke’s No.1 between the sticks.

He hasn’t looked back since then and has taken his career to greater heights, earning 37 clean sheets in 124 appearances across all competitions.

A regular for England at all youth levels, Butland has also won 9 caps at the senior international level and represented the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

However, with Stoke looking set for another season in the Championship, Butland might eye an exit in the summer to join a Premier League club.

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Meanwhile, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has preferred the 39-year-old Artur Boruc between the sticks in the Premier League since the turn of the year.

Asmir Begovic started off as the No.1 following an impressive season last time around but the former Chelsea man has been relegated to bench duty since January. Towards the end of the January transfer window, the Sun claimed that Begovic was not in Howe’s plans for a first-team spot and the Cherries were willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old.

Boruc has done a decent job between the sticks but Bournemouth’s interest in Jack Butland definitely makes a lot of sense. The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the country and the Cherries would strike gold by getting their hands on the coveted shot-stopper.

Standing at 6ft. 5 inches, Butland has just the ideal height for a goalkeeper, with his long arms giving him a good reach to keep out shots from all ranges.

The Englishman boasts of razor-sharp reflexes and excels with his composure in one-on-one situations, whilst his ball handling is also of the highest quality. The 26-year-old communicates well with his defenders and always seems to have things under control inside his penalty area.

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Butland has made a total of 104 saves from 38 appearances in the Championship this term, 52 of which have come from inside the penalty area including 5 from within the six-yard box.

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Bournemouth have enjoyed a decent run this season but they should look to build on it and aim for better things next season. They don’t have the best of defensive records, having conceded 56 goals from 31 games and Butland’s presence between the sticks should help them improve massively.

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Bournemouth’s goalkeeping crisis would be solved if Eddie Howe signs any of these 3 shot-stoppers – Agreed?

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Bournemouth Opinion: 3 ideal replacements for 39-year-old Artur Boruc

Bournemouth were one the Premier League season’s first-half surprise packages as they were able to really shell-shock some of the bigger clubs with the assistance of free-scoring, in-demand striker Callum Wilson.

Other than this, youngster’s have Ryan Fraser, Adam Smith and David Brooks have stepped up to the plate for Eddie Howe’s dynamic side this season. While everything looks in order at the Vitality, closer inspection provided various flaws.

While there are still additions required in both defence and midfield, the most alarming situation is that of the goalkeeper at this club.

The Cherries currently boast two Premier League veterans in Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic. Reports from The Sun are now linking them with a move for Jack Butland of Stoke City.

While Boruc is 39, Begovic is still only 31. However, neither of them have performed up to the required standard and going into next season, it would be smart on Bournemouth’s part to sign a young goalkeeper who can nail down the starting role at the Vitality.

Here are the three keepers Bournemouth should target who could easily take over as number one at the Vitality:

Jack Butland

The Stoke City goalkeeper has ample experience playing Premier League football and is still only 26-years-old. He has the potential to return to the top-flight and perform at the highest level for many years to come.

Having played regular football in the Championship even this season, the Englishman has notched up 14 clean sheets from his 36 league appearances and also boasts a clean slate in terms of bookings. His composure makes him the ideal candidate to replace Artur Boruc.

Joe Hart

The former English international keeper had a largely unsuccessful spell in Italy when he made the switch to Torino on loan from Manchester City. As it became clear that his time at the Etihad was over, he moved on to Sean Dyche’s Burnley last summer.

The 31-year-old has kept 4 clean sheets from his 19 league appearances this season but his regularity in the squad has been limited due to the stiff competition that he faces from Tom Heaton. He still has many good years ahead of him and Bournemouth could result in Hart’s return to former glory.

Benjamin Lecomte

This Montpellier goalkeeper has been in fine form in Ligue in this season and has really come to the fore over the last few years. A product of the same club as Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi, the former Lorient man is still only 27-years-old.

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He joined Montpellier in the summer of 2017 and has conceded only 34 goals from his 28 league games this season. Having kept 9 clean sheets along the way as well, Eddie Howe needn’t think twice about making a move for this talented French star.

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Forget Man United: This 23-year-old midfield ace would work wonders by joining any of these 3 PL sides on loan instead

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Man United Opinion: 3 loan destinations for Andreas Pereira

According to the Sun, Man United are considered shipping Andreas Pereira out on loan for the whole of next season to allow him to get more regular first-team football.

United triggered a 12-renewal option in Pereira’s contract, with the 23-year-old midfielder set to be out of contract in the summer, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the Brazilian to put pen to paper on a new four-year deal. (h/t Sun)

The Sun also reports that Pereira is held in very regard by the United hierarchy and they are hopeful that a loan spell in another Premier League club will help him make the grade at Old Trafford.

Leicester City are also keen on bringing Pereira to the King Power Stadium, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly a long-term admirer of the Brazilian. (h/t Sun)

Pereira has enjoyed more first-team involvement under Solskjaer, with the Brazilian scoring a stunner in United’s 3-2 victory over Southampton and starting in the incredible 3-1 victory over PSG in the Champions League.

A loan move will definitely give him more exposure, and here are 3 possible loan destinations for the creative ace.

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1. Leicester City

A loan spell under Brendan Rodgers might help him take his game to the next level. The Foxes have enjoyed a bright start to life under Rodgers but they need to sort out issues relating to lack of creativity in the midfield if they are to challenge for a European spot next season.

Youri Tielemans have certainly added more cutting edge to Leicester’s midfield but the Foxes will need to smash their club-record fee in the summer to acquire the Belgian’s services permanently.

James Maddison has made a massive impact this season while Harvey Barnes has shown signs of promise after returning from his loan spell at West Brom.

With his ability to play anywhere in attacking midfield, Pereira’s presence will certainly be a boost to Rodgers’ team dynamics and squad depth, and the Brazilian is more than capable of competing with likes of Maddison, Barnes, Ghezzal and others for a spot in the team.

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2. Bournemouth

Bournemouth have had a season full of promise under Eddie Howe in the Premier League this term and a creative midfielder like Andreas Pereira would be a potentially good signing for the Cherries in the summer, as they look to post a better challenge for a Europa League qualification spot next season.

Youngsters like David Brooks and Nathan Ake have taken their football to a new level at the Vitality Stadium and Pereira has every chance of being the next one to do so.

The Brazilian has the ability to play as an attacking midfielder behind the striker and in a withdrawn central role in the middle, whilst also possessing the versatility to play out wide on the left.

His versatility will give him a good chance of not only proving himself as an upgrade on Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Jordon Ibe but will also help him push the likes of Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman and Lewis Cook for a place in the side.

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3. Crystal Palace

Ruben Loftus-Cheek enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Selhurst Park last season and United should be drawn to the idea of allowing Pereira to further his development under the tutelage of Roy Hodgson.

The Eagles have struggled for creativity all season, with summer recruit Max Meyer failing to make much of an impact in his first season. Pereira boasts of good sharpness and flair on the ball and has the ability to move the ball around quickly in the attacking third.

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The Brazilian has a good eye for a pass and his penchant for scoring goals should give him a chance of competing with the likes of Meyer, Jeffrey Schlupp and James MacArthur for a place in the team.

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