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Opinion: Phillips should not be the only Championship player Bournemouth target this summer

Opinion: Phillips should not be the only Championship player Bournemouth target this summer - Bournemouth

Reaping in millions a year from the Premier League television deal, teams in English football’s top flight now seem to have no problem with paying over the odds when it comes to transfers.

Bournemouth, for example, have spent £16.20m on Jordan Ibe and £19.08m on Dominic Solanke (Transfermarkt), fees no outfit outside of England would have been willing to pay.

And with neither player currently pulling up any trees at the Vitality Stadium, perhaps it is time for Eddie Howe to start looking elsewhere in the transfer market.

To the Bournemouth boss’ credit, though he has made some huge blunders in the process, he has moved for players in other divisions including the Championship, something which he could do again in the summer.

According to Football Insider, Howe has his sights set on Leeds United pair Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke, with the former said to be valued at around £15m.

And while he is trying to shop at Elland Road, he might as well try his luck at some of the other clubs in the Championship and perhaps even below.

After all, it was Sheffield United, Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers who provided the Cherries with David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Joshua King.

Ultimately, with the transfer market continuing to spiral out of control, the Championship might be Bournemouth’s best bet when searching for reinforcements.

There, simply put, the south coast club are likely to find better value-for-money signings if their transfer activity over the last few years is anything to go by.

Bournemouth fans, would you like to see more arrivals from the Championship? Join the discussion by commenting below.


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