Despite the well-publicised defensive problems which have put The Cherries’ Premier League status under severe threat, Eddie Howe has been reluctant to give the highly-rated youngster a chance to stake his claim.
Simpson is well regarded by the Bournemouth boss, who describes him as a ‘lovely footballer’, but the Weymouth-born 21-year-old has still been restricted to just three top flight appearances all season.
If Bournemouth aren’t going to play him, there are clubs who will. Sky Sports claim that a decision on Simpson’s future will be made this week with second-tier trio Derby, Stoke and Boro all interested.
None of the three are in contention for the play-offs right now but the England U21 international would still benefit from a short-term spell in the second tier.
Simpson’s intelligent, ball-playing style would fit in well at Derby in particular, potentially alongside the similarly classy Matt Clarke. There is still a substantial void in The Rams’ defence too after Richard Keogh’s acrimonious exit.
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate, meanwhile, has displayed a penchant for trusting and developing young players with Dael Fry, Djed Spence and Ashley Fletcher going from strength to strength at the Riverside.
Bournemouth may feel that playing under Woodgate, a brilliant defender himself in his playing days, would do Simpson the world of good.
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