Five Premier League free transfers for Bournemouth: Arsenal, Chelsea players feature

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Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Southampton players are just some options that are available for free for the Cherries.

Talking to Sky Sports on Monday night, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe openly admitted that his transfer plans this summer would predominately involve recruiting players with Premier League experience to help the Cherries through their first ever season in the top flight.

Howe then may be a particularly interested observer as the Premier League nears its conclusion with a quite extensive group of players' contracts expiring this summer.

Bournemouth are unlikely to be throwing around huge transfer fees despite reaching the Premier League, so below we list five free transfers that may interest the Cherries as they prepare for life at the top:

Artur Boruc (Southampton) - The Pole has already been at Dean Court for most of this season, and has more than played his part in Bournemouth's title win. With his contract set to expire at St Mary's in the summer, he will surely be the first free transfer signing Howe will be looking to make.

Carlton Cole (West Ham) - Strikers with Cole's Premier League experience are hard to come by for nothing, and at 31-years-old, he is certainly young enough to still perform in the top flight, having been mostly utilised as substitute for the Hammers this season.

Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace) - The Norwegian may not have gotten as much first team football as he would have liked this season at Selhurst Park, after leaving Fulham last summer, but the 31-year-old was one of the best central defenders in the division just a couple of years ago, and has plenty of experience that can be put to use at the back.

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) - One of several central midfielders with Premier League experience that could be pursued, although the Frenchman is perhaps one of the more ambitious individuals to go for. If Howe could give the ex-Milan man the regular football he hasn't managed to claim since returning to North London, then Flamini might be willing to switch to Dean Court - especially as Arsenal are yet to offer a new contract. 

Gael Kakuta (Chelsea) - The Chelsea man was at one point one of the most promising players at Stamford Bridge, but after a series of loan spells, some more than successful than others, the 23-year-old is a long way away from the first team picture under Jose Mourinho. Kakuta has enjoyed a decent season in La Liga with Rayo Vallecano this year, and like Flamini, would be a high profile signing for Howe to make. The Cherries would have to hope that he would like to have another crack at Premier League football rather than returning to France.

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