Phillips: We may lose duo
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bournemouth chairman Peter Phillips may lose Brian Stock and James Hayter in January.Bournemouth chairman Peter Phillips has revealed they may lose midfielder Brian Stock and striker James Hayter in the January transfer window.
The former Dean Court youth trainees will be out of contract in the summer and The Cherries have circulated the pair's names to other clubs regarding their availability.
Goalscorer Hayter has attracted the interest of Championship side Queens Park Rangers, while Stock was the subject of a loan bid from Southampton when Harry Redknapp was in charge of The Saints.
League One leaders Swansea City have also had an interest in Stock and news of his availability may prompt the South Wales club to make fresh enquiries.
With the club recently selling and leasing back their Dean Court ground in order to raise new revenue, Phillips admitted there may be little the club can do to keep the duo.
"The manager has spoken to both Brian and James and their representatives and my understanding is that, at this stage, both of them want to keep their options open and have a look around, which is perfectly reasonable and most of us would do the same in their situation," Phillips told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
"We have to have a look to see if there is any interest in them and at what level.
"Obviously, we would like to keep them both here because they are both superb players.
"But they are both players who we all know could play very successfully at a higher level, so it's only reasonable that they should have a look around and see what's out there and we'll form a view if and when we get any approaches.
"We're also aware that they are both out of contract in six months' time and could walk away for nothing, so those will be the factors that will come into play."