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Monday, 18 July 2016

A.F.C. Bournemouth

Bournemouth have never won a major honour, but enjoyed a successful first ever season in the Premier League in 2015/16, eventually finishing in 16th place with 42 points. This time around, Cherries’ manager Eddie Howe will be without former striker Alan Connell, 33, who has retired from playing to pursue a coaching career, and Scottish international midfielder Matt Richie, 26, who rejected a new contract in favour of joining Newcastle United.

However, striker Callum Wilson, 24, who missed more than six months of the 2015/16 campaign because of a serious knee injury, has signed a new four-year contract. Wilson will be joined at Dean Park by England Under-21 winger Jordon Ibe, 20, who has joined the Cherries from Liverpool for a club record £15 million and Football League Young Player of the Year, midfielder Lewis Cook, from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. Eddie Howe has also signed former Le Havre striker Lys Mousset, 20, in an effort to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.

Norwegian international Josh King was the Cherries’ top scorer in the Premier League last season, with just six goals, but fans have reason to be excited about the potent goal threat they now possess. All things are relative, of course, and Eddie Howe’s side are 1,500/1 to win the Premier League in 2016/17 and just 7/2 to be relegated. Anyone who fancies the Cherries to finally pick up some cup silverware can back them at 66/1 for the FA Cup and the same price for the League Cup.

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