Hull City defender Curtis Davies has become a January target for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth according to The Mirror. The Cherries are expected to make a bid of around £3million for the 30-year-old when the window opens.
Davies likely to leave
Davies joined Hull City in 2013 and became a first team choice during their Premier League struggles. However, this season in the Championship Davies has struggled to retain his place in the side. The centre-back’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and Steve Bruce is reluctant to let him go on a free transfer - meaning he is likely to depart the KC Stadium after the Christmas period.
With Bruce’s side sitting firmly in the play-off places, an exit for one of their most experienced squad members won’t be hugely beneficial to their plans of playing top flight football next season.
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However, with Howe willing to put £3million on the table, the Tiger’s manager may want to re-invest that money in the hope of strengthening his side.It may be a risk worth taking if a contract extension cannot be agreed with Davies.
Vital experience crucial for Bournemouth
The 30-year-old has spent most of his career in the Premier League, gaining plenty of experience which could help the Bournemouth players progress in order to secure their Premier League status.
Most of Howe’s side are new to top flight football, so having someone of Davies’ calibre in the squad will certainly help their quest for survival.
It is no secret the Cherries need to improve their defence in January, with the south coast side shipping 32 goals in just 17 games.
Davies, with his Premier League pedigree and strength at both attacking and defending set-pieces, could be exactly what they need. While he may not be the most sensational signing, he could provide some assistance in helping plug Bournemouth's leaky defence.
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