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Published: 08:40 | 18/5/16

Howe criticises Hammers bid for duo

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has criticised West Ham for tabling a bid for Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie on the eve of their final game of the season.

The Cherries returned to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening just over 48 hours after their Premier League match was abandoned following a security scare.

As well as having to deal with preparing for the rearranged fixture, the Cherries also had to respond to West Ham's bid for Wilson and Ritchie, believed to be in the region of €20million.

While, Howe is adamant the club are not interested in selling the players, he has hit out at West Ham for the timing of the bid.

“We had a bid yesterday evening. The disappointing thing from my perspective is why it came in the day before a game," Howe explained. “It was our last game of the season and they had all summer to bid for our players. I don’t understand that.

“They are two players in the squad who were due to play and there was a lot of speculation around their futures. I thought that was bizarre. The bid was rejected and we have no intention to sell.”

Howe is bracing himself for more bids over the course of the transfer window but he is keen to keep his squad together after an impressive debut season in the Premier League.

"We don’t need to sell. We have a really ambitious owner and want to try to improve our squad, not weaken it. I think that is the clear message from us," he said.

"We are trying desperately to move this team forward and are looking at it the other way. We want to bring in new recruits to strengthen what is already a good group. That is the summer we hope to have."

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