Howe hopeful of retaining Pugh

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is hopeful that the club can get

in-form striker Marc Pugh to sign a new contract and stay with the

club.

The 25-year-old, who has scored 29 goals in 108 appearances for

the Cherries, rejected an improved deal in the summer and as

recently as Saturday stressed his desire to play in the

Championship.

On the topic of contract negotiations within his squad Howe told

the Bournemouth Daily Echo: “I know there are a couple, one in

particular Marc Pugh, that we want to address if we can. But,

hopefully, all the lads will want to be part of what we are trying

to do.

“I have had a brief conversation with him (Pugh) and his

representative but it will be something that, hopefully, we can

sort out. Hopefully, Marc is enjoying his time here.

“If he can see that we are progressing as a football club and

trying to get to where he wants to play, then hopefully he will

stick with us.

“Ever since we first saw him, we immediately really liked him,

his characteristics and the way he plays the game. He scored two

really good goals on Saturday and looked a real threat

throughout.”