Bradford awaiting decision from Cherries forward

Bradford City manager David Hopkin has confirmed the club’s interest in Bournemouth Striker Sam Surridge.

The striker is in demand after a successful loan spell at Oldham Athletic, where he scored twelve goals in twenty appearances for the League Two outfit, including a penalty in their shock FA Cup win over Premier League Fulham.

Hopkin admitted his interest but acknowledged a decision on the players future was out of his hands. Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, he said “It’s one of these things. I’ve been in touch with Sam’s representatives, but obviously, he’s got a lot of interest. It’s down to where he wants to play.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Bournemouth Daily Echo “there are a lot of admirers out there which is only good for him and us,” amidst reports that Oxford United boss Karl Robinson is also keen on the young striker.

The Bantam’s are looking to strengthen after Saturdays 3-0 defeat at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley left them rooted in the bottom four.

Surridge travelled with the Cherries to Everton but did not feature in the squad that suffered a 2-0 defeat, leaving a move open for the talented marksman who would be ineligible to play for another club this season should he appear for Bournemouth.

Our View

Surridge has proved to be a handful for League Two defences in the first half of the season so the step up in level should not be a problem. Hopkin is desperate for a goalscorer to keep Bradford in the division and Howe is positive about the impact a good loan spell can have on his player’s development. Therefore a move would be good for both clubs and the player, who will get further education in the harsh realities of EFL football and a chance to further improve his standing in the game.



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