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Bournemouth Eyeing Summer Move For 20 Y/O Celtic Defensive Ace: Where Can He Fit Into Howe’s Plans?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Bournemouth are lining up a move for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney this summer. According to recent reports, the Hoops defender has attracted the attention of the Cherries, who want to secure his services when the transfer window opens in the summer. However, the South-coast outfit could face stiff competition from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in pursuit of the Scottish youngster’s signature at the end of the current season.

Some sources are claiming that Celtic are looking for a fee in the region of £20m for their prized asset. It is also being reported that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe reckons that he can provide the Hoops starlet with regular football in the top tier of English football next season. Tierney has put in a string of impressive performances during the course of this season, which has not gone unnoticed.

The 20-year-old left-back has made 52 appearances for the Glaswegian giants this season, scoring 4 goals while grabbing 11 assists in all competitions. He could turn out to be a shrewd piece of business if the Cherries can pull off a deal in the off-season.

Eddie Howe’s side have a tally of 38 points in 36 league fixtures and find themselves in the 12th spot in the league standings. The Bournemouth players have managed to perform remarkably well under the stewardship of Howe this season but the English boss would know that he will need to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer period to avoid getting themselves involved in the relegation dogfight next term.

The potential addition of Tierney will undoubtedly bolster Howe’s defensive options ahead of the new campaign. The Cherries have the likes of Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels and Brad Smith vying for the left-back position in the Bournemouth first-team. The acquisition of Tierney will significantly improve their squad and add more competition for places within Howe’s team.

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The Scottish starlet is highly versatile and can operate in a number of different positions across the pitch. He primarily plays as a left-back but can also be deployed in central defence or in a more advanced role down the left flank, which makes him an ideal fit for the Cherries. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Tierney and whether Bournemouth can fend off stiff competition from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt for his signature this summer.

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