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Bournemouth boss content about striker sale



Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is content with the money received for Lewis Grabban

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is content with the money received for Lewis Grabban

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he is happy with the return on the club’s investment following the sale of striker Lewis Grabban to Norwich City.

Grabban, who held talks with Brighton & Hove Albion over a move in January and saw his release clause activated last month when Cardiff City bid £3m, opted to switch to The Canaries earlier today for an undisclosed fee and has agreed a three-year contract with the Championship-bound club.

The 26-year-old moved to the Goldsands Stadium from Rotherham United in June 2012 for £300,000 and scored 22 goals in the second tier last season; he also netted 13 times in 2012-13 to help the South Coast side win promotion from League One.

But Howe is content about receiving what he describes as a “club record” fee – beating the £1m Burnley paid in 2011 for Danny Ings – and believes The Cherries must find alternative ways to compete with relegated Premier League teams, as well as existing Championship big-hitters.

“We’ve been aware that there has been a lot of interest in Grabs and obviously with the clause in his contract we were aware that we were going to lose him at some point this summer,” he told Bournemouth’s official website.

“It is a huge amount of money, especially when you take into account the investment that was made in Grabs just two years ago.

“It is a club record and now it’s up to us to try and make sure the the team continues to move forward.”

He added: “Clubs coming down from the Premier League and the bigger clubs in the Championship can pay their players a lot more than we can, and when they can treble or quadruple their money elsewhere it is hard for us to compete; but that’s the challenge facing us going forward.”

“I think what we have to do is make sure that we continue to work very smart, develop our players as best we can and make sure we are as astute as we can be in the transfer market.”

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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