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Iraola dismisses reports linking Solanke with Tottenham

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Andoni Iraola does not expect to lose star striker Dominic Solanke before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline despite reported interest from Tottenham.

Spurs are said to be readying a £50million bid for the 26-year-old as they look to re-invest the money they received from the sale of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich in the summer.

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Solanke is the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League this season having netted 12 times but Iraola is confident he won’t lose him, or anyone else, before the window closes.

He said of the reports: “I know nothing about this. I have no news about this.

“It’s the same way I told you in the summer, I don’t expect anything to happen, with Dom especially.”

Bournemouth visit West Ham tomorrow night – not ideal timing with the window closing at 11pm – and Iraola is not expecting too much movement in or out.

He added: “I don’t know the chances [of transfers]. We still have 40 hours in the market. It’s an uncomfortable situation, we have a match tomorrow.

“I’m not looking at the deals, I’m not looking at that side. Right now in my mind, it’s only West Ham. Usually more people are involved in the club looking at the rest.”

James Hill will miss the trip to east London through injury but Romain Faivre is in contention to make his Cherries debut after returning from a loan spell at Lorient.

Iraola said: “Adam Smith will be part of the squad as he has trained today. I don’t know what level he is exactly but I think he’s available and we can use him.

“There’s no new injuries – Philip Billing will be back and Romain Faivre will travel.

“James Hill will be out for about six weeks I believe. Knowing Hilly, though, he will try to do it in four weeks. We have been short at full-back and we know he will work hard to recover.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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