The Strikers Revolving Door
The past week has been a continuation of the 'will they, won't they' story regarding Matt Tubbs and Danny Ings.
It was confirmed by Eddie Mitchell that AFCB tabled a substantial offer to Burnley for the 21 year-old, former Cherries Academy product. Eddie Howe clearly rates the striker he initially took away from Bournemouth to Burnley.
Meanwhile, current Cherries forward Matt Tubbs is also doing the rounds in the rumour mill, aided by his comments that he was unsure where he would be next season.
Quoted in the Crawley News as saying:
'Your guess is as good as mine where I'll be next season. It isn't really up to me, it's up to Bournemouth and my agent.'
A number of clubs are rumoured to be interested in the local-born finisher, who was denied opportunities last season by the form of Brett Pitman and Lewis Grabban, as explained by assistant boss, Jason Tindall in the Daily Echo:
'I'm not surprised clubs have been linked with him because his goalscoring record is exceptional and clubs are always looking for strikers who score goals consistently, like he has done throughout his career. From our point of view, Tubbsy made a really important contribution to our success last season. For any player that spends the majority of the season on the bench or not playing on a consistent basis week to week, it can be frustrating and difficult. But Tubbsy showed an absolutely terrific attitude to his training, his work and to the encouragement that he gave to other players. We value him really highly and he was a little bit unfortunate last season due to the good form of Brett and Grabbs. He showed a fantastic attitude, he kept himself fit and when he was called upon, he never let the team down.'
So far, only Crawley have come out to declare their interest, despite concerns about money. However, The Cherries have confirmed that no bids have yet surfaced.
Crawley manager, Richie Barker, told Crawley Observer:
'Yes, there is a chance, but it is only a very slim chance. Sometimes, players favour a certain club and Matt Tubbs certainly played his best football for us so, for that reason, he is somebody we would consider.'
Whilst his chairman, Richard Low, added:
'We have had discussions about Matt and, reading between the lines, he probably doesn`t figure in Bournemouth`s plans next season. Matt is a hero with the fans here so it would be good to get him back if it was possible, but it there is some way to go yet.'
This story still has a while to run I feel...