This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
West Ham United have concerns that Eddie Howe could use them to get an improved contract with AFC Bournemouth, according to Football Insider.
Howe has emerged as the Hammers’ first choice option to replace Manuel Pellegrini if he is sacked, with it being added that the 41-year-old is keen on making a move to London Stadium.
West Ham are said to be keen to step things up in their pursuit of the Cherries manager, but are mindful that he could use their interest in order to negotiate an improved contract at Dean Court.
The current Hammers manager was given two games to save his job, according to The Daily Mail, so it is unknown how the victory against Chelsea will impact their managerial situation and Howe’s chances of moving there.
It could be considered a risk to move for a manager in these circumstances, especially when Howe has such a close affinity with his club, but this is a risk worth taking.
FFC has previously written that recruiting Eddie Howe would be a sign that West Ham still have pulling power in the Premier League despite their recent struggles, and his relationship with Bournemouth is a large part of that.
In addition to that, Howe has shown that he can develop young and exciting talent, with an example being that he has promoted Aaron Ramsdale to his main goalkeeper, with the 21-year-old having started every one of Bournemouth’s league games this season.
So while there is a risk Howe could use West Ham’s interest to further strengthen his position at Bournemouth, it is worth it for the potential eventuality that they are able to bring him in.
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