Howe irked by West Ham following rejected Ritchie and Wilson bid

The Bournemouth boss isn’t happy by the Hammers’ actions after they launched a double swoop for the star duo before their season had ended at Manchester United

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is disappointed with West Ham after they launched a bid for Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson before his side’s season had finished.

The Cherries rejected an offer thought to be in the region of £20m for the star duo prior to their trip to Manchester United on Tuesday.

Howe says the bid was swifly rejected and isn’t best pleased with West Ham’s actions.

“We had a bid yesterday evening. Why it came in the day before our season has finished, I don’t know,” Howe revealed post-match.

“It was from West Ham but the bid was rejected and we have no intention to sell. We want to try to improve our squad, not weaken it.”

Wilson and Ritchie played in the rescheduled fixture at Old Trafford, after the original match was postponed due to a bomb scare on Sunday.

The Bournemouth pair were unable to prevent defeat as goals from Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young helped fine-tune United’s preparations for the FA Cup final.


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Bournemouth, who ended their debut Premier League season in 16th position, did walk away with some consolation after Chris Smalling turned the ball into his own net in the 93rd minute.

And afterwards Howe says the rearrangement of the fixture, combined with West Ham’s offer for two of his best players, ensured Bournemouth lacked ideal preparation ahead of facing United.

“It’s been a difficult couple of days. Not ideal for anyone. It was disappointing overall for us. They dominated possession, we struggled to get a stranglehold on the game,” Howe told BBC Sport.

“United were a level above us in most departments. We didn’t make it as difficult for them as we could have done. There’s lots for us to ponder over the summer.

“It’s been a fantastic season. We’re still in the Premier League – that was the objective. 

“The hard work starts again very quickly. There is work to be done but I don’t think we need a major restructuring job.”