AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe does not rule out new signings

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe is in his second spell as Bournemouth manager

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he hopes to add one or two players before the end of the January transfer window.

Howe's side sit top of the Championship and are the highest scorers in the league, but he says that will not stop him strengthening his squad.

Bournemouth have already extended the loan stay of keeper Artur Boruc.

"It would be nice come the end of January if we can welcome one, maybe two players who can make a difference," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

"We are working on a couple of things behind the scenes, but we're in the position where there is a lot of games to come in a short period of time and are letting other people focus on transfers while we concentrate on coaching and making sure the team is prepared.

Artur Boruc
Bournemouth have extended the loan stay of Artur Boruc until the end of the season

"If they don't come, the team has shown already it has the quality with the league position we are in, that we are strong enough, but it would be nice to give the lads a little help."

The Cherries are one point clear at the top of the Championship and host Norwich on Saturday - and while Howe is keen to bring new faces in, he also says there have been no approaches for his star players.

"No bids," confirmed Howe. "No bids are welcome and we will not be selling anyone through necessity, but if we choose to then that is another matter. Certainly from my perspective I want to keep the squad together."

Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks is currently on trial at the club and Howe said of his arrival: "It's an opportunity to get a player in and take a look and we will see what happens."

Bournemouth have also had two bids turned down by Birmingham City for striker Demarai Gray, according to reports.

Manager Gary Rowett has described the latest offer as "derisory", adding: "We're not in a desperate rush to sell anyone."

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