US-based investors are set to buy a 25 per cent stake in Premier League side AFC Bournemouth, according to BBC Sport.
A private equity firm based in Chicago called Peak 6 are the group in question who are interested in investing in the Cherries after a failed takeover bid of Championship club, Reading. The hierarchy at the Goldsands Stadium are yet to comment on the reports, but they are to release a statement in due course.
Bournemouth have tapped into the US market recently, creating links with Major League Soccer, and travelled to the States in pre-season to take on Philadelphia Union for a friendly.
Max Demin, the club’s Russian owner who played a pivotal part in the south coast club reaching the Premier League last season, will remain involved should Peak 6 go ahead with their planned investment, which could provide some much needed funds ahead of the January transfer window.
Bournemouth have found life tough in the top flight since their promotion from the Championship and haven’t won any of their last six Premier League matches, losing five and drawing one. Prior to that, Eddie Howe’s side had won three out of four matches, but forfeiting Callum Wilson to injury was a massive blow to Howe after the striker was firing in the goals for his side.
Injuries have taken their toll on the Bournemouth squad as they were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United in the early kick-off on Saturday, despite dominating the match for large spells.
The Cherries sit 18th in the Premier League with eight points from their first 12 matches and face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium after the international break, followed by a home tie with Everton before taking on the reigning champions, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge at the beginning of December.