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AFC Bournemouth striker set to sign for Portsmouth



AFC Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs is set to sign for Portsmouth in the January transfer window, according to Crawley News.

Tubbs is set to join Pompey

Tubbs is set to join Pompey

Tubbs is currently on a season-long loan at League Two rivals AFC Wimbledon but he looks set to be recalled by Bournemouth in this window to be loaned to south coast neighbours Pompey.

His contract with the Cherries expires at the end of the season and Tubbs is likely to make the loan move to Portsmouth permanent in the summer on a free transfer.

The Salisbury-born striker started his career at Bournemouth and has made 46 appearances over three spells, scoring eight goals.

He became the most expensive Bournemouth player of all time in 2012 when he re-signed for the Cherries from Crawley Town for £800,000.

A record which has since been smashed by Tokelo Rantie who the Cherries spent £3,000,000 on in 2013.

However, Tubbs has struggled to break into the first team since the Cherries were promoted to the Championship in 2013.

He has since been loaned to Rotherham, Crawley and most recently AFC Wimbledon where he has scored 12 goals in 23 games, making himself the top goalscorer in League Two.

Portsmouth are looking to bolster their attacking options after loaning winger Ricky Holmes to Northampton on Friday.

Should Tubbs sign for Pompey, he would become the third ex-Cherries player to sign for the club in the last year following the arrivals of Wes Fogden and Danny Hollands.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed Tubbs is available for transfer, telling the Daily Echo last week:

“Matt has done well at AFC Wimbledon this season and has scored goals for them.

“He is available and really it will be up to Matt to decide what the next step in his career is. Whether that is a permanent move at this stage, we will have to wait and see.” 

Tubbs is expected to play as AFC Wimbledon host giants Liverpool in the FA Cup Third Round tonight, whereas Portsmouth are away at Newport in League Two on Saturday.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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