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Scott Parker hints at Cherries’ transfer market plans


SCOTT Parker has hinted Cherries will not spending astronomical amounts in a bid for Premier League survival next campaign.

Just three days after Cherries’ campaign finished, attention both within and outside the club has turned to the Dorset outfit’s survival chances next term.

Transfer rumours have begun, with January target Joe Rothwell again cropping up. Any deal would be a free transfer, thanks to the fact Rothwell’s contract with Blackburn expires this summer.

In an interview with the Times, Parker stated: “In an ideal world I’d spend £100million, but I can’t do that.

“In an ideal world we’d have a bigger training facility with more pitches, bigger pitches, where we can develop more.

“The reality is that it’s going to be a rough year.

“I’d like to think if I could spend £100million, I’d give it a right go, recruit and get it right.”

Since Cherries’ first Premier League season in 2015-16, promoted sides in their first season have spent a combined £1.2073 billion according to transfermarkt.com.

Out of the 21 teams promoted in that timespan, 10 have come straight back down. Parker’s previous employers, Fulham, became the first promoted side to break the £100million mark in a single window, with the mass investment proving fruitless as they were relegated at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Parker took over the side at the end of February, so had no opportunity to dip into the transfer market.

Bournemouth Echo: Scott Parker ahead of his first game as a manager in March 2019 (Pic: PA Images)Scott Parker ahead of his first game as a manager in March 2019 (Pic: PA Images)

Perhaps the money invested allowed Parker to steer Fulham back into the top-flight via the play-offs the following season.

Clearly aware that simply spending money does not guarantee success, Parker said: “The money at Fulham wasn’t spent right.

“You can spend it on players not used to the level. A lot of things have to line up.”

In total, three sides have surpassed the £100m milestone in their debut Premier League seasons.

In the same season Fulham broke the £100m barrier, Wolves followed, helping them to a record finish for a promoted side in the Premier League.

The season after, Aston Villa set the record, spending £143.55m during the course of the 2019-20 season.

Leeds came close to hitting the mark, with transfermarkt stating the Whites spent £96.12m last year. All three sides secured a second season in the Prem, with Leeds and Wolves flying to top-half finishes, whilst Villa, as Parker pointed out, still struggled until the end of the campaign.

“The Premier League is the best league, the toughest in the world. The finances are massive,” restarted Parker.

“Next year is going to be a big challenge for me and my group of players. Dean Smith said Norwich spent £60 million this year and have fallen way short.

“He spent £150 million with (Aston) Villa and they stayed up on the last day of the season (2019-20).

“We’re going to have to improve our A-game and get a little bit of luck.”





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