Wiggins' way out could come from Howe's hunt

League One new boys Bournemouth yesterday refused to rule out a permanent move for Norwich City left-back Rhoys Wiggins. The 22-year-old played a key role in the Cherries' successful promotion campaign during an extended loan spell on the south coast, after Norwich boss Paul Lambert opted to draft in Stockport defender Michael Rose as back-up to Adam Drury.

League One new boys Bournemouth yesterday refused to rule out a permanent move for Norwich City left-back Rhoys Wiggins.

The 22-year-old played a key role in the Cherries' successful promotion campaign during an extended loan spell on the south coast, after Norwich boss Paul Lambert opted to draft in Stockport defender Michael Rose as back-up to Adam Drury.

Now Lambert's Cherries counterpart, Eddie Howe, is reportedly keen to offer Wales defender Wiggins (inset) a permanent escape route from Carrow Road.

"We wanted to get most of our dealings concluded early and have been busy since the season finished," said Howe.


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"We have been talking terms with people and working on trying to finalise negotiations.

"The search for players is going well. Even though we were under an embargo, we always kept an eye on who was out there and went to watch lots of games.

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"We knew which players were available and the ones we liked. We have made efforts to contact the appropriate people and have been working on trying to bring them in.

"We have identified the players we wanted and are now starting to close in on those players.

"Hopefully some of them will be announced in the not too distant future. While we will have a strong basis of a squad at the start of pre-season, we will probably need to finish it off just before the season starts."

Howe plans to keep his targets firmly under wraps.

"I don't like to speak about things until they are done for various reasons," he said.

"You can easily scupper potential deals and alert other clubs if you discuss prematurely which players you are keen to sign.

"I just prefer to keep things quiet until we can announce them on a professional basis.

"I think we need a slightly bigger squad than we had last season. Sometimes in training we didn't have enough bodies and we certainly need a few more just to add strength in depth.

"We are going into a tougher league so are going to need a few more choices in terms of team selection. I would like a slightly bigger squad but not too big."

Wiggins failed to make any appearances during Norwich's League One title-winning campaign.

The former Crystal Palace youngster and Wales Under-21 international was restricted to three cup outings for City after an injury-hit start to the season following his signing by previous Norwich manager Bryan Gunn.

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