VETERAN keeper Artur Boruc is standing by to be offered a bumper two-year deal by newly-promoted Bournemouth.The former Celtic fans’ favourite, 35, joined the Dean Court outfit on loan from Southampton at the start of the season following Fraser Forster’s £10million move from the Hoops.
St.Mary’s gaffer Ronald Koeman won’t be offering an extension at the Saints and that will allow Eddie Howe the opportunity to tie down the Polish star on a permanent contract.
Boruc made 39 appearances in all competitions during a remarkable Championship-winning campaign for the Cherries.
Bournemouth boss Howe is looking to build his squad ahead of their debut term in the Premier League and sees Boruc’s experience as crucial for his plans for next season.
He has also been linked with Celtic’s versatile Charlie Mulgrew, who has one year left on his current contract.
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Meanwhile former Celtic kid Michael Doyle admitted he was “gutted” after being given the boot by Sheffield United.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder, 33, has been told by boss Nigel Clough he will not be offered a new contract.
Doyle, who began his career at the Hoops in 1998 before moving to Coventry City in 2002, joined the Blades four years ago and was named as skipper.
However, with the failure to overcome Swindon in the Championship play-offs, Clough is clearing the way at Bramall Lane and Dublin-born Doyle is one of the first casualties.
He said: “I’m gutted. I’ve enjoyed every minute. I would have liked to have found out earlier, so I could have said goodbye to the fans properly.
“They’ve always shown me great respect and I hope I’ve done the same for them. I hoped to stay here, but I think I always knew there was a danger I wouldn’t be.”
Doyle is now on the look-out for a new club and has admitted he would prefer to remain in British football.