The 30-year-old is currently engaging in negotiations with officials at the Vitality Stadium regarding fresh terms with his contract on the south coast expiring this summer, even though he only arrived last October.
This may come as a surprise to some considering he only made seven appearances in all competitions for the Cherries during their promotion-winning 2021/22 campaign, failing to make a real impact for Scott Parker’s side ahead of their return to the Premier League.
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Despite this, they are seemingly interested in retaining his services and may have a fight on their hands in their quest to keep him at the Vitality, with TEAMtalk reporting that Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Norwich City and Sunderland are all interested in recruiting him.
Plying his trade for the Clarets, the Tigers and the Canaries before, all three may feel as though they have a good chance of recruiting the Irishman whose future remains unclear at this stage.
One side that seemingly won’t be taking him away from the south coast though is Huddersfield, with Yorkshire Live reporting that Carlos Corberan’s men are currently not in the race to secure his services.
Considering his recent fitness issues, this may not be too much of a blow, though he could and probably would have been a real asset for the Terriers if he had joined and managed to remain reasonably injury-free.
Able to play at left-back and in a more advanced position, he would have been a perfect backup for Harry Toffolo who was a very important figure for Corberan’s men last term, not just defensively but going forward as well with six goals and seven assists to his name in the league during 2021/22.
Luckily for Huddersfield, he managed to remain fit throughout the majority of the campaign but there are no guarantees he will be available for most of the 2022/23 campaign and this is why they need more depth in this area.
With the World Cup to consider as well, that may increase the risk of injury problems occurring across the team and this particularly applies to Sorba Thomas who is in line to go to Qatar with Wales following an impressive campaign at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Depth will be particularly important because of this and this is why this sort of signing is one they should be looking to make, though they are in need of quality in the centre-back and forward areas with Levi Colwill’s departure and some of their forwards including Jordan Rhodes failing to get in and amongst the goals enough.