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Bournemouth to move for Monaco star Dimitar Berbatov

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Bournemouth could pull off the first shock of this summer's transfer window by signing Dimitar Berbatov.

The ex-Manchester United and Tottenham forward has not had his contract extended by Monaco and will be available this summer on a free transfer, according to talkSport.

Since being released by Fulham in January 2014, he has been Monaco's top scorer in Ligue 1 with 13 goals.

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Eddie Howe is reported to be trying to bring an experienced striker to the club this summer and had been looking at a possible move for Jermaine Defoe.

But Berbatov's sudden change of status has put the Cherries on alert and Howe is keen to add the Bulgarian to his side.

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Pay-cut required

Wage demands could be a stumbling block for the newly promoted side, as he is currently on around £100,000-a-week at Monaco.

This would have to be cut substantially for a move to Dean Court, something the 34-year-old is unlikely to accept as he is now in the twilight of his career.

Berbatov has a good record in the top flight, scoring 94 goals in 229 games in England but often drew criticism for his lethargic body language and perceived lack of effort.

Rapid recruitment

He would be the Cherries’ fifth summer signing as the side have already welcomed goalkeepers Adam Federici and Artur Boruc, striker Joshua King and loan signing Christian Atsu from Chelsea to the club.

Callum Wilson could be going the other way though, as Aston Villa are reportedly lining up the striker as a replacement for Christian Benteke if he leaves the Midlands side this summer.

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