Parker admits every position could be strengthened

With the transfer window wide open, Cherries boss, Scott Parker revealed the Dorset club are "active" in the market and looking to strengthen in several positions.

AFC Bournemouth press conference | By Courtney HIll

With the January transfer window in full swing, Bournemouth head coach, Scott Parker, revealed the club are “looking for players” and that “several positions” need strengthening ahead of the second half of the season.

So far the Cherries boss has brought in Ethan Laird, 20, on loan from Manchester United and 19-year-old James Hill from Fleetwood Town this month, with club veteran Steve Cook moving to Nottingham Forest after 10 years at the club.

Parker, however, did not deny his team's plans to strengthen further in this transfer window and admitted the club are still "active in this market" when quizzed on bringing in a new striker.

Bournemouth have found themselves short of options in attack recently with the persistent injury issues of club veteran Junior Stanislas and have become reliant on Dominic Solanke's exceptional goal scoring form.

Names such as QPR's Lyndon Dykes and Cardiff City's Kieffer Moore have both been touted in recent weeks as possible new recruits to bolster the Cherries front line.

The Bournemouth head coach was keen to point out it was not just a centre forward the club were after as the former England International seeks to strengthen his squad.

“We are definitely looking, not just for a striker, there is no position that I am going to open up," he added.

“But we are definitely active in this market, we are looking for players and if the right player comes available in a position we feel we need and can help us then we will try and do business.

“What I can say is we are in the market here to try to strengthen. There are a few positions where we need to do that.”

It remains to be seen if the Championship leaders will add further to their squad before the end of this month's transfer window with promotion back to the Premier League the target.

Parker will also be keen on keeping his best players at the club as interest for Solanke and captain Lloyd Kelly is high from Premier League clubs with both players having impressed so far this season.

Solanke has been linked with a move to Newcastlebwhere former Cherries boss Eddie Howe has recently taken over and Parker admits the rumour mill is just part of life and called on all his players to remain focused.

He added: “I’m not surprised that Dom Solanke and some of my other players are going to be linked to Premier League clubs.

“Why? Because they are good players, they are showing that with big quality so that doesn’t surprise me and I am not affected by that really.

“This is part and parcel of what we live in in January for one month. Loads of names will be put out there about who is signing who and then in the summer it is the same - this is part of your job this is what happens.

“What is key is these players remain focussed and understand what got them to this point. What’s got Dom Solanke to this point is an incredible work ethic, a lazerness about him, an incredible boy that understands what he needs to do to perform and he needs to stay there and they are the levels he needs to stay at and I don’t suspect any different.

“I expect January will come and there will be more names and clubs chucked out there but this is just what happens.”


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