Bournemouth set to knock Dembele out of squad as exit nears

Siriki Dembele is set to be omitted from Bournemouth’s squad that travel to Norwich City tonight, sources told Football Insider.

It comes as the 25-year-old closes in on a move to Besiktas.

The Cherries fear that an injury to Dembele could derail the potential deal.

Therefore, he won’t be put at risk in the League Cup clash at Carrow Road.

The winger has been deemed surplus to requirements by Cherries manager Scott Parker.

Dembele joined newly-promoted side Peterborough United in January for an undisclosed fee.

He put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract at Vitality Stadium.

The Ivorian striker failed to win on the south coast with favorites Jamal Lowe, Dominic Solanke, Jaidon Anthony, Kieffer Moore, Junior Stanislas and Ryan Christie.

Across all competitions, Dembele has made 13 appearances for Bournemouth.

He contributed two goals and an assist in those outings.

The winger was an unused substitute against Arsenal on Saturday.

Dembele enjoyed four successful years at Peterborough and helped them achieve Championship promotion in the 2020-21 campaign.

His 147 appearances for the club have netted 30 goals and 30 assists.

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker is keen to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes next Thursday.

The Cherries have therefore added Marcus Tavernier, Marcos Senesi, Neto, Joe Rothwell and Ryan Fredericks to their ranks for this summer.

They are 15th in the Premier League table after three games.

In other news, a source has revealed that Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers are in the race to sign a South American sensation.

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