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Howe: We're preparing for January transfer window

By Luke Hastings

AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has revealed that he is already planning for the January transfer window.

With the squad depleted due to several long term injuries, the winter window may be key in the Cherries fight to stay in the Premier League.

Bournemouth made nine signings in the summer window, breaking their transfer record and spending a total of £20 million.

When asked about the January window, Howe said: “I think you have to think about it and prepare and plan, I’ve got no problems saying we’re trying to do that. We’ve got things in mind but we’ll see what happens when the window opens.”

On spending money, Howe said: “It’s a responsibility I take very seriously here. We’ve spent money on players and as much as it’s nice, there’s a feeling that you’ve got to really try and get it right. Would I like to spend £50 million? Yeah if we had it I would probably spend it!”

About planning for January, he added: “You saw in the previous window you can have the best laid plans and be rocked within three days of the window shutting.”

Howe is of course referring to the two summer signings who cost record fees but were injured soon after the close of the window, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel, both of whom will be out for several months with knee problems.

On injuries, Howe said: “They are bad luck. We’ve had experts analyse the tapes to see whether they can see any contributing factors to them. They’ve all come back to say they’re just bad luck.”

Star striker Callum Wilson will also be out for six months with a knee injury, meaning Howe may be looking to bolster his attacking options in the January window.