Former Hull City defender Alex Bruce has warned the Bournemouth hierarchy that rumoured Spurs target Ryan Fraser might refuse to play for the Cherries again in order to get his move to North London.
Fraser’s contract with Bournemouth runs out in the summer and while the winger has failed to recreate the sensational run of form that he enjoyed last season, there are still multiple clubs showing interest in him according to reports (TEAMtalk).
Football Insider claimed last week that the Scotland international has told his friends that he wants to move to Spurs.
The report claimed that the North Londoners want to bring in the wide man to replace Erik Lamela, who could be on his way out of the club.
Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan believes Jose Mourinho could employ Ryan Fraser as a wing-back next season.
Bruce also claims that the 26-year-old will be a good fit for the North London outfit but expressed his concern for Bournemouth as he felt Fraser might refuse to kick a ball for Eddie Howe’s side if the season resumes due to his contractual situation.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bruce said: “I think he’s a good little player but I think it’s deeper than that.
“The problem that they’ve got is that people like Fraser, who are out of contract, who are one of Bournemouth’s better players, when it comes to June 30th or whenever his contract finished, he’s well within his rights to go: ‘Hold on a minute, you’ve let my contract run out, I haven’t sorted anything out.’
“He might have a deal lined up, for argument’s sake, with Spurs, where does that leave Bournemouth? It creates all kind of problems. Yes, I think he’d be a good player for Spurs in the long-term but short-term, where’s it going to leave Bournemouth?
“What happens if Fraser turns round and says: ‘Hold on, I’m not kicking a ball for anyone, I’m out of contract and I don’t want to risk getting injured.”
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Free agents across Europe are going to be in a similar situation this summer. They are likely to be more in-demand than anytime in recent history and are likely to get lucrative contracts. However, the question is whether they will be willing to put that at jeopardy by risking injury if the season is to resume. Some players who are out of contract might well refuse to play for their clubs after their deals run out.
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