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Bournemouth carried over the line by ‘fight and belief’

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It wasn’t pretty — at least not in the second half — but Bournemouth had enough “fight and belief” to get themselves over the line for a first-ever win away to Southampton on Friday.

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Speaking after the game, Cherries manager Eddie Howe was obviously pleased by the victory in the Premier League‘s budding south coast rivalry, but quickly turned his attention to a list of areas in which his team came up short and was perhaps fortunate to hold onto a 2-1 lead prior to Callum Wilson‘s gifted goal in the 95th minute — quotes from the BBC:

“It was a nice moment. We rarely get those moments in football where you get that pure emotion and joy for a few seconds. Then you start thinking about next week.

“You want the players brought down to earth because you want the focus on consistent success. In the first, half we were okay. We didn’t hit the heights we are capable of. We were scrappy and didn’t keep the ball as well as I wanted, but we had spirit and sometimes that’s the most important thing.

“In the second half, we were reactive and looked tired and that’s where we needed to show our heart to see the game out. There were some heroics from our goalkeeper too.”

As for defender Nathan Ake, scorer of Bournemouth’s first goal, it was all about digging deep for the desire and will to win. The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the first names on Howe’s teamsheet every week at this point.

“It was a very tough game. The fans are buzzing. It was a great three points. The manager said to put the ball in the box.

“It was a great ball and it fell on my head. In the second half, we made it difficult for ourselves. We didn’t keep hold of the ball and had to defend more. The last result against Everton was great so it gives you confidence, but we had to fight and believe we could win.”

Had you offered anyone associated with Bournemouth 10 points from their first six games, they would have snatched your hand off to take them. A thoroughly solid start to the season. Up next is a visit from ninth-place West Ham United next Saturday.

Top 5 players to watch on Deadline Day

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January has seen some familiar names come and go from the Premier League.

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Mousa Dembele, Gonzalo Higuain, and Alvaro Morata are on the list, and some others will likely join them on a frantic deadline day.

We’ll keep are eyes trained for the specific names below…


Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

Idrissa Gana Gueye, Everton — The poor man’s N'Golo Kante, Everton’s mighty midfielder has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain for much of the January window. Rumors that Marco Silva would leave the club if a sale is made sound a bit much, but Gana is a real treat for any club.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea — Subject to massive bids from Bayern Munich, relatively speaking, the Blues’ youngster was not in the 18 for Chelsea’s 4-0 loss at Bournemouth on Wednesday.

Yannick Carrasco, Dalian Yifang — The Belgian winger is just 25, and a year removed from a $30-plus million move from Atletico Madrid to China. Linked with Arsenal and AC Milan.

Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United — He’s been photographed on Tyneside and Atlanta needs to sell him. Given the club’s stingy ownership, though, we’ll believe the signing has happened when Newcastle United announces the move and shows a photo of him in black and white.

Nathan Ake, Bournemouth — Why would Bournemouth sell the center back? Because they may have to, with rumors of a buyback clause in his contract following a Chelsea sale 18 months ago.

BONUS: Eden Hazard, ChelseaAnd by extension, Maurizio Sarri. Chelsea is going to want to cash in on Hazard should he not sign a new deal, and his value tomorrow is going to be higher than it will be at any point in the next 18 months (his contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2019). Real Madrid needs a jolt, and so does Chelsea. Changing managers again won’t do it. Sure, it’s a wild idea… but watch him anyway.

Reports: Chelsea may activate Ake buyback; Gueye wanted by PSG

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Bournemouth and Everton are in the headlines for reasons other than the Toffees’ 2-0 defeat of the Cherries at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Both sides are being mentioned in Sky Sports transfer centre as potential sellers of lynchpins, which makes the rumors both eyebrow-raising and differing degrees of unlikely.

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One seems wildly amiss, with Paris Saint-Germain linked with a $51 million bid for Toffees midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye (although could Marco Silva use the dough to bring in ol’ Watford pal Abdoulaye Doucoure? We digress).

The box-to-box giant would certainly help PSG boss Thomas Tuchel in his bid to succeed in the Champions League, but the money would seemingly have to be higher for Everton to consider selling a key part of Marco Silva’s attack-first XI.

The same fee is being quoted for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, though the Cherries might have no recourse if the 23-year-old Dutchman fancies a return to Stamford Bridge.

Sold in 2017 after a successful loan stint at the Vitality Stadium, Ake has played 60 times between the loan and permanent stints with Eddie Howe but reportedly has a $51m buyback clause in the deal.

For what it’s worth, we’re now seeing why Real Madrid and Barcelona are putting ungodly release clauses in contracts for players; Eight deals sealed by Premier League clubs this summer and fall are worth more than Ake’s release clause, which would’ve been a Top Two or Three transfer fee for a defender fee when he was signed. Now it’d be sixth.

Inspired Man Utd outclasses Bournemouth

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  • United with 12 goals in 3 under Solskjaer
  • Rashford wizardry sets up opener (video)
  • Pogba with 2 goals, assist

Paul Pogba scored twice and assisted a Romelu Lukaku effort as Manchester United hammered Bournemouth 4-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford had a goal and an assist for the Red Devils, who saw Eric Bailly sent off late.

United finishes the day three points back of fifth place Arsenal.

Bournemouth’s goal came courtesy Nathan Ake, and the Cherries are 12th with 26 points.

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Marcus Rashford was sensational in setting up the opener, working Nathan Ake and Diego Rico before feeding Pogba, who slid into the box to stab it home.

Pogba scored his second in the 34th, nodding an Ander Herrera cross past Begovic.

Rashford got one of his own just before halftime, lunging to get on the end of an outside-of-the-boot pass from Anthony Martial.

But hold on, as there was more time in the half and Ake nodded a David Brooks flick beyond the reach of David De Gea to make it 3-1.

Lukaku came into the match following a two-match absence on compassionate leave, and let the ball take a bounce before poking past Begovic.

Bailly saw red for his 79th minute scissor tackle of Ryan Fraser.

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Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth: Cherries bury Blues

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  • Chelsea drops fourth
  • Blues outshoot Cherries 21-11
  • Wilson leads the way

Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas each had a goal and an assist as Bournemouth posted an emphatic 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Ex-Chelsea man Nathan Ake scored Bournemouth’s other goal as the Cherries built the three-goal advantage by the 67th minute.

Chelsea is now behind Liverpool, both with 50 points. Bournemouth rises 10th with 28 points.

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Chelsea’s start was very slow, with no shots to speak of while Bournemouth was able to manufacture some action through Ryan Fraser.

Bournemouth was happy to hit the break nil-nil, and happier when Wilson put the Cherries in front of the heavily-favored Blues on a 1-2 with Jordon Ibe.

The Cherries made it 2-0 in sensational fashion, with Stanislas flicking beyond the reach of Thibaut Courtois after a pass from Callum Wilson.

Then Ake scored against his old club in a manner which begged whether Roman Abramovich had an itchy trigger finger when it comes to his manager. Stanislas sent the ball into the Dutch defender.

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