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Iraola: Moore Could Have Future at Bournemouth
Wednesday, 5th Jun 2024 10:47

AFC Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola says Town loanee Kieffer Moore could have a future with the Cherries.

Moore rejoined the Blues in January on loan and netted seven times in 14 starts and four sub appearances as he helped Town win promotion to the Premier League.

Iraola was asked whether the 31-year-old Wales international, who has a year left on his contract, will be back at the Vitality Stadium for the start of pre-season.

“All the players we have on loan, they will return at the beginning of July,” he told the Bournemouth Echo.

“Then in these situations, for me, I always say it, first we have to listen what they want to do.

“If they say, ‘I prefer to leave, because here I am not going to have the minutes I want’, then we have to discuss with the clubs so the money works and everyone is happy.

“They might tell me, ‘I want to stay here and fight for the minutes’. They are our players. They’ve played some minutes this season with us and I value them.”

Asked more directly whether the Torquay-born frontman has a future with the Cherries, he added: “Yes, he could, of course. I am very happy. I am sure he has showed he can score goals. He is a very good number nine.

“But it is very difficult, even for Enes [Unal, who signed on loan from Getafe in January, a deal which was recently made permanent]. Enes is doing very well and it is difficult for me to give him more minutes because right now we have Dom Solanke.

“Dom is playing so well that he is not giving a lot of chances to the other number nines.”

Whether Town would look to bring Moore back to Portman Road this summer remains to be seen.

Elsewhere, former Blues left-back Aaron Cresswell, 34, has signed a new one-year deal at West Ham, extending his time with the Hammers into an 11th season.

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JimmyJazz added 11:16 - Jun 5
Can't help feeling the headline is rather misleading, although accurate. Iraola basically saying he can stay if he's happy as the third option

UhlenbeekDownTheWing added 11:23 - Jun 5
@JimmyJazz agree with you here. He’s also trying to protect any sale value.
As much as I loved having the big man back last year,I wouldn’t be going back in for him. I’d be more tempted by going after Bamford, Sargent or maybe even Broja…

Bert added 11:35 - Jun 5
Cresswell 34 ! Still looks like a teenager.

chepstowblue added 12:28 - Jun 5
The thought of Bamford scares me enormously. I think he's appalling. Sargent, whilst being decent, wouldn't be allowed to forget his previous club by the morons within the club, which is unfortunately at the highest % ever.Broja is without doubt talented, but Id happily take Moore on a permanent deal.ahead of all of them.

Bazza8564 added 12:39 - Jun 5
Im no fan of Bamford either, past his best and there are two or three Leeds players I'd take in preference to him.
KM did a great job for us, let be honest we looked very poor after Hirst was injured. That game at Preston just showed how much we needed an arial option to stop side smothering us with the press.
But despite what we owe him in gratitude, we have a very big war chest now and we will be looking primarily at younger up and coming talent rather than older players doing a stint before packing up.
Kieran will know that market, he will know who is the next Kobee or Conor Bradley, players we'd hardly heard of before Xmas who are now household names. That's where the 8-10m players will come from and he will know them. If KM can turn Lief Davis into a 25m player from a 1.6m player in two years think what value he can created with 140m of PL money swilling about

Gforce added 12:43 - Jun 5
According to team talk,we are supposedly 1 of 3 clubs in for Nketiah. That's the kind of quality we are going to need,if we are to stay up in this division.
Although Moore did great for us last season,he's not the answer in the premier league.

TomCruise added 12:43 - Jun 5
We will need fire power for the new league. Hirst, as much as I love him, does not score many and as much as his game allows for others to score, I would assume we will have to adapt our game again for the new league. I think Moore is a good option and would not break the bank. If we go into next season with Hirst, Moore and someone like Broja leading the line than I will be feel very happy.

TomCruise added 12:45 - Jun 5
Nketiah (if not just paper talk) would be amazing. It's hard to know where we will be at in terms of signings and hard to know which of the current squad will be able to step up. Having said that, I didn't fancy our chances at the beginning of the season just ended and we got promoted! So who knows! Leif Davis was always young and talented but take Morsy for example, i never would have thought at his age, he would have improved to reach the point that he is at now.

Facefacts added 12:53 - Jun 5
I don't think we will be buying him unless we have problems getting younger striker(s) over the line in this transfer window. We do rate him, his goal left foot into the opposite bottom corner in one game was world class, and if we are struggling in January, you never know.

cressi added 13:09 - Jun 5
This is only to try and put the price up. I am grateful to Kieffers contribution last season. But we need better and more dynamic. Our performances so much more rounded when Hirst played.

PortmanTerrorist added 13:20 - Jun 5
We should never forget how Kieffer helped us last season, but he is as likley to be 3rd choice here as he is at Bournemouth; behind Hirst and a.n.other. Having said that Keiran does like players with specific traits like Kayden and his pace. Perhaps having Kieffer come on late in games to keep the ball away from our goal as much as attack, might be of some value/ us if not Kieffer ! We shall see, but trust Kerian to get it right !

SpiritOfJohn added 13:49 - Jun 5
I would take Kieffer Moore back in a heartbeat. Excellent in both boxes and works very hard for the team.

OldFart71 added 14:50 - Jun 5
I would see Moore as an understudy to Hirst. I think what we need as in a few areas are for those currently first teamers to be understudies to players coming in. Don't see that we can afford players like the handful we had last season who hardly ever make the first team. In order for Town to compete at what is the highest level although we will never be able to afford the money for the very best we need to be as good or better than those teams perceived as our main rivals in the relegation stakes.

Radlett_blue added 14:52 - Jun 5
Of course Kieffer Moore can stay at Bournemouth if he wants - he has another year left on his contract. It sounds like he'll be 3rd choice striker at best & I reckon Kieffer want to play more, so he could look for a move or a loan. I doubt he'd be first choice at Town, but could be a valuable back up striker.

Carberry added 16:12 - Jun 5
Let's not get sentimental about Moore. He did a job and that's it, he goes back to his club with our thanks, where he will warm the bench at best.
We require goalscorers of Premier League quality because if we can't score goals we won't survive. We just don't know if Hirst can train on, I doubt it because his record in the Championship was not prolific, that means bringing in somebody proven at this level - a tough ask. Do we know whether our scouting system is up and running further East than Lowestoft yet?

peewee added 19:15 - Jun 5
I feel he would be a choice if we played with 2 up front and he was more of a hold up player for a faster goal scorer not the main striker

SuffPunch added 19:21 - Jun 5
I think it is really forgotten that Kieffer one nearly every defensive header when he was on the pitch.
We will really miss that.
I would welcome him back. We need two equal players in the squad for every position.

BluJu added 19:47 - Jun 5
Say anything else, and he's basically telling other clubs to offer peanuts.

Bert added 19:48 - Jun 5
For a fair fee I would have him as a decent squad player but not as a loan. Bamford is injury prone and no longer at his best.

Linkboy13 added 19:59 - Jun 5
I don't think some people realise when you go up a league it gets much harder. Kiefer Moore did an excellent job for us in the championship but he's not worth the forty thousand a week he's getting at Bournemouth where he struggled to get a game. I think the club will show greater ambition than that after paying a massive amount to keep McKenna at the club. Hutchinson is a player i would luv to see back as he is still improving but is the 20 million asking rumoured too much for a player unproven in the Premier league a loan deal would be ideal.

SoCalTownFan added 21:34 - Jun 5
Snap him up. He fits in the squad well, he gives us much needed height and potentially would be a bargain. I think he made a big difference to our team, giving quality, flexibility and reliability.

kiwiblue added 21:36 - Jun 5
According to the football salaries site KM is on 25000 a week similar to what i expect most of our squad will be on this summer. If he fits our new system , and there will have to be one, its a reasonable investment at around 4/6 million.

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