Eddie Howe says continuity key for Bournemouth this summer

With his Bournemouth team currently sitting 10th in the Premier League, Eddie Howe does not expect to make wholesale changes to the squad in the summer

Eddie Howe says he does not want to upset Bournemouth's "continuity" by making too many signings this summer.

The Cherries have already bettered last season's points total and will secure a top-half finish if they get a point at Leicester on the final day.

And Howe's priority is to keep the bulk of a squad which could end the season as high as eighth in the Premier League.

Asked about his summer plans he said: "It is very difficult to predict, I say that before every transfer window.

Eddie Howe led Bournemouth in a lap of honour around the Vitality Stadium after their win over Burnley
Image: Howe's Bournemouth can finish as high as eighth if they win at Leicester on the final day

"You can have your plans in place and thoughts and aims and things can surprise you. Hopefully there will be no negative surprises for us.

"I want to keep the squad together. I want to keep our best players. I want to try to add quality, if we can, to the group, and if we can do that it will be another good window for us.

"Continuity is important to us. If you have players with good attitudes and ability, and they are the right age then keep them together.

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"I think the difficulty for us is when we bring new players in, for the new players to understand our philosophy and to quickly adapt to how we play.

"I think there is a period where players need to adjust and understand that process so too many changes to the squad I don't think is good for our dynamics."

Andrew Surman, out since the start of April with a knee injury, is fit enough for a place in the squad but Lewis Cook is away with England's U20 squad.

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