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AFC Bournemouth line-up surprise bid for AS Monaco forward Dimitar Berbatov

Former Manchester United and Tottenham star Dimitar Berbatov could return to the Premier League with Bournemouth, reports the Daily Express.

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The Bulgarian is currently playing for AS Monaco, but the Ligue 1 side have recently been hit by Financial Fair Play sanctions. The club has been told to pay £9.5 million in fines, and are also restricted to having only 22 players in their squad next season

As a result the 34-year-old could be on the market. He would be a very high profile signing for the South coast team, who have recently qualified for the top flight for the first ever time. The story is even more amazing because as recently as 2009 the club was in danger of going bust, and have turned it around amazingly since then.

However, this move could be a step too far for manager Eddie Howe. With their stadium, Dean Court, holding just 12,000 money could hold back the relative minnows. Berbatov is likely to ask for around £100,000 a week in wages, although they could sign for free from the principality based side.

Were the striker to sign for Bournemouth he would likely  be the most high profile and highest paid player to ever appear for the team. It would certainly be a statement of intent before they attempted to stave off relegation.

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