It has been a relatively slow start to the transfer window from a Bournemouth perspective, with Emiliano Marcondes the sole arrival thus far.
The other incoming that has occurred this summer is the appointment of Scott Parker. The 40-year-old, who won Championship promotion with Fulham in the 2019/20 season, now embarks on a new challenge but with the same high expectations.
The Cherries are reportedly stepping up their search for new talent ahead of the upcoming season. Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman looked set to join The Cherries earlier in the week, but an injury to the club’s first-choice shot-stopper, Martin Dubravka, has halted the move.
The latest link sees former West Brom winger Kyle Edwards emerge as a Cherries target. The availability of such a quality option as a free-agent opens up the question of what other players are currently without a club.
And on that note, here are two free-agents who should be on Bournemouth’s transfer radar.
Bournemouth intend to recruit a left-sided player who is able to operate at left-back and left wing-back. The Cherries’ current options perhaps do not possess the attacking threat that will be required next year.
Robbie Brady is a player who would eliminate that problem without a doubt.
He has a wand of a left foot that has caused problems for defences in the Premier League for years, whilst he has the defensive competence to be a part of a five-at-the-back formation.
Following his release from Burnley, it is yet to be seen what level of football he will be playing next season.
He is someone who still possesses Premier League quality but could thrive at the top-end of Championship football.
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu
Another player whose future is yet to be determined is former Luton Town midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu. The 27-year-old, who progressed with The Hatters from fifth-tier level, saw his contract expire in June, and has since attracted the interest of several Championship clubs.
Best described as a powerful box-to-box midfielder, the Congolese international has all the physical attributes to succeed, and he is a playing whose technical ability has majorly improved as Luton pushed up the leagues.
The 27-year-old formed an excellent partnership with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall last season, and he seemingly thrives on playing next to technically-gifted players – something that Bournemouth are not short of.
Mpanzu displayed his attacking abilities during the 2020/21 campaign, proving to be a real creator of chances, chipping in with three assists and two goals in the process.