This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Bournemouth are interested in a move for former Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann, as reported by The Athletic.
The 34-year-old saw his contract expire with the Premier League club late last month, with Scott Parker said to be an admirer of the defender.
Despite the initial interest, it seems that finances could complicate a potential deal. The Athletic’s report stated that Dann earned £60,000-a-week last season, and with owners seemingly favouring deals for younger players with high potentials, it remains to be seen whether any progression is made.
Dann, who was arguably a victim of a similar sort of situation at Palace, added 15 appearances to his Premier League tally last season, taking him up to 241 in total – the kind of experience that can sometimes prove invaluable for a club with title aspirations.
Would Scott Dann be a good fit with The Cherries? We asked some of our writers at FLW for their opinions…
I think this is an interesting one for Bournemouth to consider.
A look at the Cherries squad at the minute does suggest that they could benefit from the addition of a centre back such as Dann, with Scott Parker’s side somewhat short on numbers in that position at the minute.
Indeed, with Dann a player possesses plenty of top-flight experience, he could certainly be a useful asset for Bournemouth in that position, as they aim for promotion back to the Premier League.
However, given Dann is now 34-years-old, you do feel as though this might be a short-term solution for Bournemouth, given the centre back is likely to be approaching the latter stages of his career at that age.
As a result, this could be one that Bournemouth need to think hard about, particularly given the issues that may surround this deal with regards to wages, but Dann’s Premier League ability does mean you feel this may be one worth exploring even so.
You can certainly understand why a player of Scott Dann’s experience is someone that Bournemouth would be taking a look at this summer with him available on a free transfer. He would be potentially a very smart pick-up for them that would not stretch their transfer budget and leave them room to invest in other areas of their squad.
Scott Parker needs to bring in a new defender this summer to replace the influential loss of Cameron Carter-Vickers from their squad. The Cherries might not be able to fork out the sort of transfer fee that it would take to re-sign the American and therefore a free transfer move for someone like Dann could be an ideal solution for them.
There will have to be some concerns over whether he represents long-term value with him likely to command fairly high wages and also with him being 34-years-old. However, his leadership qualities might help Bournemouth get themselves back into the Premier League and if that proved to be the case then it would have been well worth the investment.
As a temporary one-season solution to Bournemouth’s need to sign a new defender Dann would be a good option for them I would suggest.
There are plenty of pros and plenty of cons to this potential agreement.
Dann hasn’t looked out of place in the Premier League whilst with Crystal Palace, and his experience at that level could certainly come in useful for Bournemouth this season, as they look to make a timely return to the top-flight.
However, at the age of 34, you would imagine that there will be some concerns as to whether he’d be a regular starter for Scott Parker’s side.
They already have an experienced head in Steve Cook, and Dann’s wages might be better off being spent on other areas of the Bournemouth squad this summer.