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Bournemouth boss slams ‘bizarre’ timing of West Ham double bid

first_imgEddie Howe has confirmed West Ham’s double bid for Bournemouth duo Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson, saying the Premier League club’s timing was ‘disappointing‘ and ‘bizarre’.Reports of the offer emerged on Monday evening and it is understood the initial bid lodged by Slaven Bilic’s side stood at around £20million for the attacking duo.West Ham’s season finished at Stoke on Sunday, but Bournemouth had one game to play after their final match was abandoned due to a bomb scare at Old Trafford.  Confirming the offers for winger Ritchie, 26, and striker Wilson, 24, Howe said: “We had a bid yesterday evening.“The disappointing thing from my perspective is why the bid has come in a day before a game – our last game of the season.“You have all summer to bid for players, I don’t understand that.“Two players in the squad who are due to play, [with] a lot of speculation around their futures, it was bizarre from this club’s perspective.“The bid was rejected and we have no incentive to sell.”Howe accepted keeping the Bournemouth squad together was always the “biggest challenge” this summer, but believes they head into the break in a position of strength.“We don’t need to sell,” he added. “We have a really ambitious owner.“We want to try and improve our squad, not weaken it.“We are trying to desperately move this team forwards and looking at it the other way, bringing recruits in to strengthen what is already a good group. That’s the summer we hope to have.”last_img read more