AFC Bournemouth personal agree terms with new striker

By Nabil HassanBBC Sport
Eddie Mitchell

Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell says he has agreed personal terms with a yet to be identified striker.

The Cherries recently signed Lewis Grabban and Josh McQuoid and already have Matt Tubbs, Wes Thomas, Steve Fletcher and Charlie Sheringham.

Young striker Jayden Stockley is also on the books but they now look set to add another forward.

"We have agreed terms, now it is just down to whether his club will release him," Mitchell told BBC Radio Solent.

"The likelihood is that it will be announced within the next three days."

Meanwhile, performance analyst Garvan Stewart has become the second new addition to the Cherries backroom team this summer.

Stewart joins the coaching staff at Dean Court after four years with Portsmouth where he worked with current Cherries boss Paul Groves, as well as former manager Harry Redknapp, while Pompey were in the Premier League.

He also worked for the Welsh FA for two years and spent a season with Championship side Cardiff City.

Stewart joins assistant manager Shaun Brooks, goalkeeper coach Neil Moss, physio Steve Hard and sports therapist Dave Gardener on the coaching staff at Dean Court, along with head of sports science Dan Hodges, who was appointed to the position earlier this week.

And, manager Paul Groves has confirmed that the club are in negotiations with winger Marc Pugh over a new contract.

Pugh, who has a year left on his current deal, was offered an extension in December but has yet to commit his future to the club.

"The club approached Marc earlier in the season in regards to extending his contract and we've followed that up," Groves said.

"We sat down with him after the season finished and those talks are ongoing, and we will have to see where we get to with them.

"Hopefully we will be able to sort something out but we will have to wait and see."