Reported Middlesbrough target will be staying at Bournemouth says Cherries boss Eddie Howe
Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson won’t be leaving the club on loan this month despite speculation linking him with several Championship clubs.
Middlesbrough, Derby and Stoke were all credited with interest in the 23-year-old centre-back who has made just three Premier League appearances this season.
Simpson’s versatility could prove useful, though, and the defender was deployed at left-back during Monday’s 2-1 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
After the game, Cherries boss Eddie Howe told the Bournemouth Echo: “Jack will be staying with us due to a couple of problems that we have.”
Simpson also spoke to the press after the game and said he wants to try and fight for his place at the Vitality Stadium.
"I don't really have any control over these situations," he said
"I try not to worry about them. Obviously you'd like to know what's going on but at the end of the day it doesn't matter. I knew I might play in this game, so my focus was on that.
"The task now is to try to get in this team and the task for everyone is to stay in the Premier League."
“Obviously, I want to play for this football club. I knew a couple of days ago I'd be staying. I spoke to the manager about it and just said my focus is here."
Boro are still looking to bring in another centre-back on loan before Friday’s 11pm deadline.