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AFC Bournemouth stance emerges on transfer saga involving Newcastle United



Promoted side AFC Bournemouth aren’t prepared to sell forward Dominic Solanke for a fee below €45m amid interest from Newcastle United, as per a report from French outlet Jeunes Footeux.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was the man to bring him to the Vitality Stadium back in the winter window of 2019, forking out a fee believed to be in the region of £19m to lure the former England youth international away from Liverpool.

Unfortunately, he initially struggled to adapt to life on the south coast with just three goals in 42 Premier League appearances prior to their relegation, a record that left a lot to be desired considering the fee they spent on him.

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He has bounced back well over the last two seasons though with 62 goals and assists combined in the second tier – and scored 29 goals alone during the 2021/22 campaign – an impressive record that was overshadowed by Aleksandar Mitrovic’s record-breaking season.

The 24-year-old was linked with a move to St James’ Park way back in January and it seems as though the Magpies have retained their interest with their owners potentially set to splash the cash once again this summer.

Jeunes Footeux are reporting that Howe’s side have made him a top target ahead of the summer period, though they also believe the top-tier outfit would need to fork out a fee of €45m (around £38.5m) if they want to take him to Tyneside.

The Verdict:

The 24-year-old would be a good addition for Newcastle considering he still has plenty of time to develop further – but his poor goalscoring record in the top tier potentially makes him an asset worth cashing in on at the Vitality Stadium.

However, Scott Parker should be given the entire fee generated for his services to spend in the transfer market to replace him and invest in other areas as well as they look to remain afloat in the top tier for the long term.

Already having two relegations on his CV as a manager, no one will be more desperate than Parker to stay in the top tier and that money could be used wisely but at the same time, the forward has been a key cog in their machine during the 2021/22 season.

This is the reason why the ex-England international may want to retain him for the long term and you can’t exactly blame him considering Solanke’s progression in recent years, starting to become a real asset after initially failing to live up to expectations.

For Solanke as well, it may be a wise choice for him to stay put at this stage because Howe is likely to have plenty of money to play with and there are no guarantees that he would play every week. At Bournemouth, he is likely to win far more minutes on the pitch next term.

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