It appears that the Cherries main priority this January will be keeping hold of the likes of Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson – with both players hot targets for fellow Premier League sides.

Wilson has been linked to the likes of Manchester United while Ake has sparked interest from 

Chelsea and Manchester City, with the defender the most likely to part ways in the new year.

However, as well as keeping hold of their own players, Bournemouth should eye up ways to strengthen their squad in the upcoming window. Their start to the 19/20 campaign hasn’t exactly been promising with the south coast side currently sitting in the bottom of the table as they head into the new decade. In fact, the Cherries are only two points off Aston Villa in the bottom three.

Therefore, the Bournemouth head coach should definitely have the following on his January wish list with the pressure slowly mounting on the young manager.

Mason Holgate

Mason Holgate

Every Bournemouth fan knows that the club’s back line is in serious need of improvement in the upcoming transfer window. With their £13m summer signing Lloyd Kelly still fighting his way back from an ankle injury he picked up in pre-season, the Cherries could do with another defender. Captain Simon Francis has also been been struggling with a knee injury and will be turning 35 in February.

A possible candidate is the highly-regarded Mason Holgate. The ​Everton youngster, who can play at both centre-back and right-back, would be the perfect solution to Bournemouth’s defensive problems. At just 23 years of age, the defender has blown away Everton supporters, following his impressive form in the top flight.

However, the Cherries will have some firm competition on their hands with both Sheffield United and Newcastle keen to sign the young star.

Ben White

Ben White

Another defensive candidate is 22-year-old Ben White. The Brighton defender, currently on loan to Leeds United, has been thriving during his spell in the championship. The youngster has been so impressive that rumours have been circulating regarding a future England call up as well as sparking interest from high-flying leaders ​Liverpool.

His calm and assured pressure in the final third has largely contributed to Leeds United’s defensive success this campaign, catching the interest of various clubs up and down the country.

The upcoming star would work perfectly beside someone like Nathan Ake – that’s if the Cherries can manage to keep hold of him.

Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi

As well as signing a defender, ​Bournemouth could also be open to addressing the problems up front. The Cherries have the likes of Joshua King and Callum Wilson in attack but by no means should they rely on the two strikers alone. King has only scored three goals so far this season – and although Wilson started off the season in fantastic form, he has been fairly dire in recent weeks. 

Someone like Michy Batshuayi – who is failing to pick up the minutes under Frank Lampard and is keen to play more regular football – could be a potential suitor for the Cherries. The 26-year-old still has a lot to prove in his footballing career and may want to display his attacking abilities elsewhere.

However, whether Bournemouth can realistically bring the striker to Dean Court, is another matter entirely. Eddie Howe has already suggested that the club won’t be making big moves in January with the possibility of bringing in a player from a ‘top six’ club looking highly unlikely.

Josh Brownhill

josh brownhill

On the other hand, Josh Brownhill looks like a much more realistic signing. The Championship midfielder, who currently plays for Bristol City, has been hugely impressive this season.

The 24-year-old, who has already picked up five goals and two assists in the 19/20 campaign, has been targeted by the Cherries for the upcoming window according to reports. However, his impressive finishing and crossing means the player has also been linked to the likes of Southampton and Brighton.

If Howe can get his hands on the Englishman, his energy and attacking abilities could work wonders for Bournemouth’s midfield.