Bournemouth are mulling over a potential loan deal for Chelsea captain John Terry as Eddie Howe searches for defensive reinforcements after losing Nathan Ake, according to The Telegraph.
Ake was enjoying a strong campaign with the Cherries on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea but was called back this week as Antonio Conte looks to integrate him into his plans at Stamford Bridge, prompting Howe into urgent action.
As he looks for a long-term permanent replacement for the impressive Ake, Howe has the option of signing Terry until the end of the season which would add considerable experience and nous to his defensive ranks.
Bournemouth are considering a January loan move for Chelsea captain John Terry. (Source: Telegraph) pic.twitter.com/oDQ344NDS7— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) January 10, 2017
However, signing Terry may be extremely difficult for the south coast side, despite the 36-year-old falling down the pecking order, as he wants to remain part of Conte's squad and potentially win his fifth Premier League title with the club.
Although Terry continues to feel a strong connection to the club he has represented at senior level since he was 19, he accepts that he is behind Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta in the pecking order, while the return of Kurt Zouma from injury and the re-emergence of Ake further complicates his position.
According to the Telegraph's report, Terry feels that if he can play regularly and perform well at Bournemouth that it may lead to a contract extension with Chelsea. Terry is currently not available for selection after being sent off during the club's FA Cup third-round win over Peterborough United on Sunday.