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Eddie Howe 'uncomfortable' splashing Bournemouth's cash

Eddie Howe has seen new arrivals already at Bournemouth in January
Image: Eddie Howe has seen new arrivals already at Bournemouth in January

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he feels uncomfortable with the big fees he is paying to bolster his squad in a bid to retain Premier League status.

Bournemouth, who were on the brink of extinction in 2008, recently broke their club transfer record to sign Benik Afobe from Wolves for a fee believed to be around £10m before Lewis Grabban rejoined the club for a further £7m.

Afobe, who scored 23 goals in 48 appearances for Wolves, started for Bournemouth in their 3-1 defeat by West Ham on Tuesday night while Grabban came on as a second-half substitute.

Juan Iturbe has also joined from Roma on loan until the end of the season, while Howe is also reported to be interested in signing Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and defender Michael Dawson from Hull.

"It is not a comfortable feeling for me as I have been right through the journey," said Howe, who was in charge of the south coast club when they were placed into administration for a second time and handed a transfer embargo eight years ago.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Benik Afobe celebrates
Image: Benik Afobe joined Bournemouth from Wolves for a club-record fee

"The year that we were embargoed we had 13 or 14 players to choose from, and to think in a few years' time you would have been spending millions of pounds on players would not have seemed possible.

"I take every penny we spend very seriously as well as the responsibility which comes with that, and try to make good decisions for the football club, not just for now, but for the long term.

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"It is important that we look beyond this season as it is not just about the here and now, and hopefully we get the major decisions right."

Bournemouth appeared on course to beat West Ham at the Vitality Stadium after Harry Arter scored his first Premier League goal on 17 minutes. But West Ham hit back as a Dimitri Payet strike and a double from Enner Valencia sealed a 3-1 win.

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New signing Afobe had two good chances to put the game out of the Hammers' reach in the first half, but spurned both, Howe, however, was pleased with the former Arsenal man's debut.

"I thought Benik played well," he said. "It is very difficult when you come into a new club especially with no training time behind him, but he worked incredibly hard and held the ball up very well in the first half."

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