The Cherries have announced that they have secured the services of:
- Dan Seabourne (defender from South Coast Club) - on loan until the end of the season
- Ryan Fraser (winger from Aberdeen) - 3.5 year deal said to be worth £300,000
- Ryan Allsop (goal keeper - unattached) - free transfer
Dan Seabourne goes in to the squad to (potentially) face Walsall at Bescot on January 19th, and presumably will be used as cover while Steve Cook is away to defend, and hopefully clear his name, in the pending court case in which he's facing sex offences alledged to have taken place before his arrival at Dean Court.
Manager Eddie Howe is quoted in the Bournemouth Evening Echo as saying about the signature of Seabourne: "Dan is a player we have always liked and we have been aware of him since his days at Exeter. We have watched him regularly at Southampton as well. He is a left-sided defender, he is very experienced and is a leader. He is composed on the ball and good in the air and has all the attributes that we look for in a player. We certainly feel we need defensive cover and he can operate at left-back as well. It is a signing that boosts our numbers defensively and adds competition for the squad. And with Steve Cook’s court case pending, I think it was a signing we needed to make. Dan was recently on loan at Charlton and we kept tabs on him while he was there. He played left-back for them and did very well. From his perspective, he is out of contract at the end of the season and very much wanted to go on loan and play some football. We managed to beat two Championship clubs to his signing and it is a real coup for us".
The signature of Ryan Fraser is a coup for the Cherries who have fought off opposition from Premiership and Championship Clubs for the services of the 18-year old.
The same is also true of 20-year old Ryan Allsop, who was recently released by Leyton Orient. The Cherries have fought off interest from a number of other more highly places Clubs for his services after he turned down three contract offers from the east Londoners.
Departing Dean Court is Mark Molesley, who has signed for Exeter City after 4 years at Dean Court. On Molesley's departure, Eddie Howe is quoted as saying: "He has got this freshness and energy about him which belies his age. He plays and trains like he is a lot younger than his 31 years but he is also a very good player and is, technically, very good. He is certainly an attacking threat from midfield and he will score goals, so I think he will do very well for them. It is a really difficult one for us. We love Mark to bits both as a person and a player. We will always be very fond of him for what he achieved here, especially during our Great Escape season. But from his perspective and our perspective, I think it is best, at this moment, if we unfortunately go our separate ways and that Mark starts his career afresh somewhere else. He has been really unfortunate with injuries for the past couple of years. He has worked extremely hard to get himself fit - he is now fit - and he did really well at Plymouth. But with the bodies we have in midfield, we think it is best now for Mark, especially being out of contract at the end of the season, that he looks to extend his career somewhere else".