AFC Bournemouth captain Lloyd Kelly has been catching the eye of several Premier League teams in the last 12 months, but there is now a fresh update on the defender’s future.
The 23-year-old is now close to signing a new deal with the Cherries, a repot from TEAMtalk has claimed. Kelly has been in outstanding form for Bournemouth this season, making 41 Championship appearances to help the club win automatic promotion back to the Premier League.
The form that he has shown this season is something that has increased the ongoing speculation around the defender’s long-term future. Reports from January emerged that former Cherries manager Eddie Howe was keen on signing Kelly for Newcastle United.
However, the latest update seems to suggest that the 23-year-old sees his future at Bournemouth, with the defender reportedly getting a ‘sizeable’ new deal.
Kelly has been vital for the Cherries in their promotion success and it seems Scott Parker and co are keen to tie the defender down to end interest from elsewhere.
As things stand, there are two years left to run on Kelly’s current contract with Bournemouth, securing his future at The Vitality Stadium until the end of the 2023/24 season.
This is excellent news for Bournemouth and their supporters because as well as investing in the team this summer it is important they keep hold of key players like Kelly.
Kelly has been a key figure in their defensive line in helping them to win promotion, so it will be a major boost for them to secure his services for the long term as well.
Indeed, given the financial strength that Newcastle have after their recent takeover, holding them off to get this deal done also feels like a major statement of intent from the south coast club.
Therefore, this is the first bit of transfer news this summer that is sure to make the Bournemouth fans very happy.