Bournemouth snub Championship offers for O'Kane

HITC Sport understands Bournemouth rejected several bids for midfielder during the transfer window.

Bournemouth turned down offers from several Championship clubs for Eunan O'Kane during the January transfer window, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

HITC Sport understands the likes of Leeds United, Cardiff City, Bristol City, Birmingham City and Fulham all made enquiries for O'Kane, but Bournemouth refused to let the midfielder leave on loan as manager Edddie Howe looks to keep hold of his squad as they battle for Premier League survival.

O'Kane has struggled for first-team opportunities so far this season, making just five starts in the Premier League since Bournemouth's promotion from the Championship.

The former Everton trainee has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Bournemouth, but he has been restricted to playing a back-up role in Howe's side.

O'Kane is keen to be playing more regularly as he wants to boost his chances of making the Republic of Ireland squad for this summer's Euro 2016 finals in France.

The 25-year-old was named in several Republic of Ireland squads for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but is still waiting to make his international debut

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill watched O'Kane in action during Bournemouth's FA Cup win over Portsmouth and the midfielder has been lined up to make his debut in next month's friendlies with Switzerland and Slovakia.

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