BOURNEMOUTH INTERESTED IN CHELSEA MIDFIELDER DANNY DRINKWATER

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Bournemouth are interested in a loan deal for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater, according to Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old midfielder struggled to break into Chelsea’s starting XI under former boss Antonio Conte and has been totally overlooked by current boss Maurizio Sarri. He is yet to feature for Chelsea in a competitive game this season under Sarri and was omitted from Chelsea’s Europa League squad.

Drinkwater joined Chelsea from Leicester in the summer of 2017 and has made just 23 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea with 12 of those coming in the Premier League.

Drinkwater is a Premier League winner with Leicester City and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is keen on bringing Drinkwater’s experience to his team for the remainder of the season. The England international played a key role alongside N’Golo Kante in central midfield as Leicester City won the Premier League in 2016.

Drinkwater is also attracting interest from Fulham and Fenerbahce, who secured the loan signing of Chelsea star Victor Moses for the next 18 months.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed last month that Drinkwater is free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses because the England international doesn’t fit into his 4-3-3 system.

“I think for him the problem is only my football,” Sarri said last month.

“He’s a very good midfielder but he is suitable for a midfield two because with a three he is not really a central midfielder or suitable for centre right or centre left.”

When asked about Drinkwater’s future at Chelsea, Sarri said: “I don’t know. It depends on the club, it’s up to him.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi reportedly submitted a transfer request to the club last week amid interest from German club Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich are reportedly ready to pay as much as £40million for the teenager who currently has 18-months left on his contract.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has revealed it would be a shame if the English game was to lose him to Germany.

“What a shame it would be if we lost Callum Hudson-Odoi from the Premier League,” Keown wrote in the Daily Mail.

“The 18-year-old has never started a top-flight game but I have no doubt that the teenager could feature regularly for Chelsea in the near future.

“Trouble is, he does not want to wait for those chances.

“He wants more than the occasional FA Cup outing now, and that is why it seems Chelsea may lose him to Bayern Munich in this window.

“There is nothing wrong with him wanting to play, of course, but would Bayern use him in the Bundesliga?”

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