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Sunday 24 September 2017

Wilson facing exit after Cherries tour snub

Marc Wilson. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Marc Wilson. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Bournemouth have given Ireland international Marc Wilson the strongest possible indication that he can leave the club as they omitted him from the travelling party for a pre-season training camp.

And that could spark a £1.5million bid from West Brom boss Tony Pulis, who is a big admirer of the versatile Wilson.

The 29-year-old joined Bournemouth from Stoke City last summer on a two-year deal but his time at Dean Court was a nightmare as he battled with injury and was then unable to work his way into Eddie Howe's first team.

Wilson didn't make a Premier League appearance for the Cherries, instead joining West Brom on loan, where he played four times in the Premier League at the end of the season.

Howe has taken a 30-man squad to Spain for a pre-season training camp, but there was no place for Wilson in the travelling party and it appears that the Antrim native has no future under Howe at the club.

Wilson's international career has also stalled as the player, who missed out on the squad for Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 due to injury, has yet to feature in the World Cup and his last competitive appearance was in the play-off win over Bosnia two years ago.

Fellow internationals Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen to Celtic), Jon Walters (Stoke to Burnley) and Cyrus Christie (Derby to Middlesbrough) have already sealed their moves this summer but Wilson heads the queue of other Ireland players in need of a move.

James McCarthy, linked with a move away from Everton, was there for the first day of pre-season training with the Toffees yesterday as Wayne Rooney rejoined his boyhood club, but there was no sign of Aiden McGeady, who is expected to leave Everton after a disappointing spell.

New Sunderland boss Simon Grayson, who worked with McGeady in his loan spell at Preston last season, is keen on signing McGeady, The Ireland man's last game for Everton was two years ago and he still has a year left on his contract with the Toffees but is not expected to feature for them again.

Meanwhile, Irish youngster Mark Travers is destined for big things in England, his new boss at club level has claimed.

The former Shamrock Rovers and Lucan United keeper impressed with Bournemouth's U23 side last season and coach Mark Molesley, who worked with Travers at Bournemouth last season, has now taken him on loan to non-league side Weymouth.

"I think Travers has a very bright future in the game and this is a first step on the ladder to senior football for him. I have high hopes for him and think he has all the attributes to go on to big things," says Molesley.

Dubliner Travers has been capped at youth level.

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