South coast latest: Brighton can reach Premier League, Ferry says farewell to Pompey

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Today we bring you all the latest news from Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Portsmouth.

Bournemouth's Matt Tubbs makes loan move to AFC Wimbledon

Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs has been allowed to complete a loan move to AFC Wimbledon after the Cherries deemed the 29-year-old surplus to requirements according to the Bournemouth Echo.

Initially a deal had been agreed for Tubbs to move to Crawley Town, which was where he spent half of last season, but the striker was reluctant to return to the Broadfield Stadium and instead opted for Wimbledon.

The Cherries' fans will be worried to see another striker leave just a week after the departure of their main goal-getter Lewis Grabban to Norwich City.

Bournemouth have been repeatedly linked with a move for Coventry City's Callum Wilson, but they face stiff competition from a number of other Championship clubs.

Premier League a realistic target claims Brighton chairman

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom believes new manager Sami Hyypia has what it takes to guide his side to a top six finish in his first season in charge.

Bloom told the Argus said: “We will not put any pressure to say if it is not top six it is no good. I am confident Sami will get the best out of the players and if all goes well we will have a realistic chance of finishing the top six and a realistic chance of getting promoted every season we are in the Championship. That is our goal.”

The Seagulls have qualified for the Championship play-offs in the last two seasons, but both times they failed to get past semi-final stage.

Tony Bloom believes that despite the Championship now having 10 clubs living off parachute payments from the Premier League, his Brighton club can still compete with the best in the division.

Simon Ferry delivers fond farewell to Pompey

Earlier this week it was revealed that Pompey's midfielder Simon Ferry would be departing the club after just one season on the south coast, opting to sign for Scottish Premier League side Dundee United.

Personal reasons have made Ferry's stay in Portsmouth difficult and he told the Portsmouth News:

"Pompey is a fantastic club and the fans are something else, I can’t speak highly enough about them.

"Without doubt they are some of the best I have ever come across in football and I thank them all for the support they have given me and the rest of the players.

"I have had so many unbelievable good luck messages from them on Twitter since it was announced I was leaving and that has really touched me."

Despite an injury hit season that saw Ferry only make 22 appearances and score one goal, his energy and dynamic displays made him a firm favourite with the Fratton faithful.

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