Bournemouth transfer targets summer 2024: Ex-Liverpool star on Cherries’ radar

Despite finishing the 2023/24 Premier League campaign in the 12th spot, Bournemouth did have a good season, as they were only a few points away from giants Manchester United at the end of the season. The Cherries must introduce new names to the starting XI if they want to have an even better Premier League season.

Bournemouth could’ve easily surpassed West Ham United in the 2023/24 season had they avoided defeats in their last three league games last season. We believe those losses are the result of the fact that coach Andoni Iraola didn’t have enough depth in his squad.

If the Cherries want to be a bit more competitive next season, they’ll have to be very active on the transfer market.

Dominic Solanke had a phenomenal season with the club, scoring 19 goals in all appearances. Transfer rumours connecting him to the top teams in the Premier League already started flying, so if coach Iraola wants to keep his star player, he’d have to make some massive signings. Let’s check out which are the key Bournemouth transfer targets in the summer of 2024.

Bournemouth transfer targets – latest rumors

Bournemouth transfer targets
Current club
Estimated fee
Likelihood

🇿🇦 Teboho Mokoena

Mamelodi Sundowns

€2.4m

🟢🟢🟢⚪⚪

🇨🇲 Joel Matip

No club

Free transfer

🟢🟢🟢⚪⚪

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Emile Smith Rowe

Arsenal

€27m

🟢🟢🟢⚪⚪

🇪🇨 Ocar Zambrano

L.D.U Quito

€7m

🟢🟢⚪⚪⚪

Teboho Mokoena

Bournemouth transfer targets
Huge step in the right direction for South African star – Photo by Icon Sport

27-year-old Teboho Mokoena might not be a name many of you are familiar with, but he is a player who can definitely add something special to Bournemouth’s midfield. Bossing the center of the pitch is Mokoena’s forte, and seeing as the Cherries had difficulties achieving that against the top Premier League sides during the 2023/24 season, it seems that Mokoena is going to be one of the key Bournemouth transfer targets in the summer of 2024.

Contract renewal talks between Mamelodi Sundowns and Teboho Mokoena aren’t going smoothly, as reported by the media. This sheer fact alone is enough for us to consider Mokoena one of the primary targets for coach Iraola.

27-year-old Mokoena is surely glad his name is connected with a Premier League team, which will only make Mamelodi Sundowns’ job even more difficult.

His market value may be set at only €2.4m but his statistics speak for themselves – he is a key Mamelodi Sundowns player, and we are sure he will also be a good fit for Bournemouth.

Joel Matip

Bournemouth transfer targets
Matip surely wants to stay in the Premier League – Photo by Icon Sport

Were eight seasons playing for Liverpool enough? Joel Matip had been a part of Merseyside since the 2016/17 campaign, and ever since then was a valuable part of the team. Sure, he wasn't always getting the minutes he craved, but at no point was he really close to the exit, until now.

Jurgen Klopp left the team after years of loyal service, which is one of the top reasons for Matip to bid Liverpool farewell. The key Liverpool transfer targets this summer also made it impossible for the defender to stay. Many Liverpool players are already linked with a possible move to another club as well. Even club legend Mo Salah is rumored to follow Matip's steps sooner or later.

Arne Slot is not going to count on Matip, but this doesn't mean Joel's Premier League days are over. He is still one of the better defenders in England and Bournemouth are undoubtedly eager to snap him on a free transfer. All that remains is for the two parties to negotiate a fair pay.

Emile Smith Rowe

Bournemouth transfer target
Smith Rowe must revive his career sooner rather than later – Photo by Icon Sport

You don’t see any strikers on the list of key Bournemouth transfer targets in the summer of 2024, as the Cherries are keen on keeping Solanke. However, an area that needs to be boosted is the midfield.

Emile Smith Rowe does seem like the sort of player who can get the job done for Bournemouth, as his capabilities aren’t appreciated at Emirates Stadium. We are that Emile is looking for a way out, but the Gunners aren’t going to give him away for free. Bournemouth will have to prepare a serious offer for the Arsenal starlet if they want more quality in the center of the pitch.

Oscar Zambrano

Apparently, coach Iraola is eager to boost the CDM position as well. Adding up-and-coming defensive midfielder Oscar Zambrano to the team could be a possibility, as the Cherries expressed interest in the young Ecuadorian during the January transfer window as well.

Seeing as Oscar is currently playing for lackluster L.D.U Quito, we are sure he’d be more than interested in joining the most exciting league on the planet. Performing in the Premier League will definitely not be an easy task for Quito’s starlet, but from what he’s shown us thus far, we can assume that he has the required arsenal to thrive in the Premier League.

During the previous transfer window, Bournemouth were preparing a staggering £5.5m bid for his services. Will the Cherries up the ante this summer?


Zack is a longtime football fan, writer, and bettor. He also has experience playing and coaching the game of football at a local level. His interest in the MLS, Liga MX and the Canadian Premier League adds a new dimension to the content we have at FootballWhispers.