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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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Man Utd’s £50m pursuit of this 21-year-old playmaker starring for PL rivals would be a solid move by Solskjaer

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Manchester United Opinion: Why Man United should sign David Brooks?

According to a report from The Sun, Manchester United are eyeing a £50m swoop for Bournemouth playmaker David Brooks.

The Wales international, 21, joined Bournemouth last summer in an £11.5m move from Sheffield United on a four-year contract. He enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the top-flight last season, scoring seven goals and assisting seven times and was awarded with a new, long-term deal in March.

David Brooks is the latest name to be linked with Manchester United, who are expected to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wholeheartedly in the summer transfer window after a disappointing sixth-placed finish last term. The United manager is plotting a major rebuild of his squad with a particular focus on signing young, exciting and hungrier British talents.

Before signing off for the summer, Solskjaer said he wanted all of his new signings on board and ready to start training when the squad returns on July 1. Yet, the Red Devils have just made one signing so far in the summer transfer window, with Daniel James joining the club from Swansea City.

With Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku declaring their desires to leave Old Trafford this summer, David De Gea out of contract next summer and yet to sign a contract extension and the likes of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have released by the club, further additions of the requisite quality are the need of the hour.

Things must change thick and fast for United and they must not hesitate in splashing the cash to sign David Brooks from Bournemouth. The Welshman impressed in his debut season with the Cherries and could be the player to improve United’s attack next season.

A technically gifted and tactically versatile player, the 21-year-old caught the eye with his work-rate, energy and versatility—playing in the no.10 role, out wide and in a deeper midfield role. That’s exactly what makes Brooks so valuable, as the 21-year-old can fill in at any attacking role very effectively. The no.10 role allows him to assert his creative dominance on the field, helping link the play with midfield and attack.

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The ex-Sheffield United man is excellent from dead-ball situations and has a hammer of a left foot with which he can score long-range screamers. He is only 21 and is a very exciting talent, who has massive potential to develop.

Verdict

Manchester United have a rich history of nurturing young talents into world beaters and Brooks—a boyhood Red Devil—might see this as an opportunity to help the club take back to where they belong. Even if Bournemouth aren’t willing to let go of the Welshman, Solskjaer and co. must do everything possible to lure him away to Old Trafford.

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Bournemouth rekindling interest in this 27-year-old defender would enable Howe to reinforce right-back unit

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Bournemouth Opinion: Why the Cherries should go for Kenny Lala?

Back in June 2018, France Football claimed that Bournemouth were interested in signing Strasbourg right-back, Kenny Lala. However, a move didn’t materialise and the Frenchman stayed with Strasbourg.

Kenny Lala, 27, enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1, scoring five goals and supplying nine assists in 34 games. He was key in his side’s comfortable 11th placed finish this season and at 27, Lala is at the perfect age to try and test himself in a more competitive league.

The Premier League would be the ideal destination for the Frenchman and thus, Bournemouth must reignite their interest in Kenny Lala.

The Cherries had a decent season in the Premier League as they finished 14th in the table. However, Eddie Howe will be highly disappointed, given the start they had enjoyed in the 2018/19. His team has been doing well ever since achieving promotion to the top-flight and the 41-year-old will be eager to improve next term.

Bournemouth are one of the most exciting sides to watch in the Premier League due to their attacking, expansive style of football. But if they are to break into the top half of the table, Howe needs to add more quality to his squad.

So far, the south coast club have signed Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City this summer and after signing a new left-back, Howe must bring in a right-back.

Nathaniel Clyne has returned back to Liverpool after the expiry of his loan spell, while Simon Francis is 34 and slowly edging towards the end of his career. Adam Smith is an option but he spent the entire second half of the last campaign on the left in order to accommodate Clyne. To provide competition and cover to Smith, Howe would do a wonderful job by signing Lala.

A right-back by trade, Lala is equally comfortable playing at right wing-back, right wing and on the left. He possesses really good pace and agility with superb passing and crossing abilities. The Frenchman operates with a lot of intensity and works really hard for the team’s cause. Despite being a right-back, he is a composed finisher in front of goal as well.

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Lala’s biggest strength is his ability to contribute going forward, marauding up the flank with pace and power. But that doesn’t make him a slouch when it comes to defending as he is a clean tackler and doesn’t get beaten so easily.

Verdict

Lala is the sort of player Bournemouth should be signing to challenge for a top half finish next season. Truly, the Frenchman possess the pace, power, stamina and technical abilities to take the Premier League by storm, whilst being an upgrade on both Smith and Francis.

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Norwich City must go all out and beat Leeds United to sign this 20-year-old goalkeeping marvel and this is why

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Norwich City Opinion: Canaries should beat Leeds United in the race to sign Mark Travers

According to The Irish Sun, newly-promoted outfit, Norwich City and Championship promotion-hopefuls Leeds United are ready to go head-to-head in a transfer tug of war over Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers in the summer window.

The 20-year-old Irishman made his first-team bow for the Cherries against Spurs this past season and caught the eye with some marvellous saves in his very first game for the club, as Bournemouth got the better of the North Londoners for the first time in their history.

Travers became the first ever teenage goalkeeper since Joe Hart in 2006 to start a Premier League game and his incredible debut earned him his second start in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace, although the Cherries suffered a 5-3 defeat away from home.

The 20-year-old is yet to learn what kind of a role he is set to play next at the Vitality Stadium next season but it is understood that Bournemouth could ideally be looking to loan him out in order to gain more first-team experience. (h/t Irish Sun)

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Travers has two years left on his current contract, and while the Cherries are likely to hand him fresh and improved terms in the coming days, the youngster has already attracted interest from Norwich and Leeds, who are ready to take him on loan. (h/t Irish Sun)

The 20-year-old Maynooth-born shot-stopper has represented the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels from U-16 to U-21 and his promising Premier League debut earned him a call-up to Mick McCarthy’s senior international side in March, although he is yet to make his senior debut.

Travers played for Irish clubs Lucan United, Cherry Orchard and Shamrock Rovers at the youth level before joining Bournemouth at the youth level back in 2016 as a 17-year-old. He spent time on loan at National League South outfit Weymouth in the 2017-18 season before making his first-team against Spurs.

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To put things into perspective, Mark Travers is still very young and relatively untested at the highest level but he could still be a decent signing for both the aforementioned clubs. The 20-year-old showed glimpses of his brilliance by registering a clean sheet on his debut against Spurs and it looks like both the clubs are prepared to play a low-cost gamble on him with a loan move.

While Norwich City are apparently looking at Travers as a back-up for No.1 Tim Krul in the Premier League next season, Leeds United could certainly do with another young and promising goalkeeper in their ranks to provide cover and competition for Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, given their neither of the existing players has particularly been convincing.

However, the Canaries would do themselves a big favour by getting this deal over the line, as Daniel Farke looks to build a strong enough squad capable of beating the drop in the top-flight.

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Krul is likely to retain his role.1 status between the sticks, despite looking shaky at times in the Championship this past season. The Dutchman has a bagful of Premier League experience under his belt with Newcastle United and Norwich should definitely take that into consideration but a young and promising shot-stopper like Travers would certainly keep the veteran on his toes as far as the No.1 role is concerned.

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This is not a move that is likely to create too much noise amongst the fans at Carrow Road but the acquisition of Mark Travers on loan could prove to be a shrewd piece of business for the Canaries.

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