Eddie Howe admits Liverpool-linked Ryan Fraser is ‘keeping his options open’

Bournemouth standout

Ryan Fraser has been on Bournemouth’s books for nearly six years now.

The Scotsman made the switch to England in January of 2013, joining Bournemouth from Aberdeen.

Bournemouth are believed to have paid less than £450,000 for Fraser’s services, and that has since proven a real bargain.

The 25-year-old has gone on to feature 190 times across all competitions for Bournemouth.

But it is in the last couple of seasons that Fraser has really begun to show his worth.

The 2018/19 campaign saw Fraser net seven and provide 14 assists in 38 Premier League outings.

Only then-Chelsea star Eden Hazard managed to rack up more PL assists than Fraser last term.

Fraser has also had a solid start to the current season, scoring one and providing three assists in 12 league ties.

Ryan Fraser

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Ryan Fraser of Scotland runs with the ball during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fraser on the move?

But, Bournemouth could be set to lose one of their standout stars in the near future.

Fraser’s current contract is set to expire in June of 2020, meaning the Cherries could lose him for free in the summer.

Given his vast improvements in recent years, it shouldn’t be too much of surprise to hear that some top clubs are being linked with Fraser.

The Mirror recently reported that one of those clubs is Champions League holders Liverpool:

The 25-year-old has been linked with a switch to Premier League leaders Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp considers adding depth to his fearsome frontline of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Arsenal are also reported to have shown an interest in Fraser over the summer.

Now, with Fraser’s deal coming to an end, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been speaking about the winger’s contract situation, stating that while the club would love him to stay, Fraser is keeping his options open:

 “In terms of his contract, that’s obviously for him to decide what he wants to do with his future.

“We would love him to stay and commit to us but, if not, we need to get the best out of him between now and the end of the season.

“We’ve had conversations with Ryan to try and persuade him to stay but, at the moment, he’s keeping his options open.” As quoted by the Mirror.

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