Premier League veteran could aid Bournemouth survival bid

Bournemouth’s bid to survive a first ever season in England’s top flight could soon be boosted by the arrival a Premier League veteran.

Kevin Nolan, who left West Ham by mutual consent earlier this month, is now just 6/4 to join Eddie Howe on the south coast and beef up the Cherries midfield.

Howe was thought to have completed his summer shopping with the deadline day arrival of Glenn Murray, but long-term injuries to the likes of Tyrone Mings, Charlie Daniels and Max Gradel have left the Cherries manager with a few holes to fill in his squad.

Having captained Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham in the top flight there a few midfielders with Nolan’s experience available at present and as a free agent the 33-year-old represents a fairly low-risk option for Howe – albeit on an expectedly bumper salary.

And having scored 111 goals at a rate of just under one every six games, the Liverpool-born midfield ace could play a huge part in keeping the Dean Court club in the top flight.

Howe’s old club Burnley, however, are the even-money favourites to be Nolan’s next club, with Sean Dyche hoping to field the midfielder alongside fellow Scouser and ex-Premier League man Joey Barton in the middle of the park.

Nolan has won the Championship before, with Newcastle, and could opt to spend the next year winning more often than losing with the Clarets over getting stuck in for the Cherries cause.

Should he decide to head to Boscombe, however, Bournemouth’s survival odds – currently priced at 3/10 – would surely shorten up further still.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.