Writer: StevieG Col U
Date:Friday June 20 2008
Colchester United have reportedly offered terms to out-of-contract Bournemouth star Danny Hollands.
Hollands, who impressed last season as the Cherries were narrowly relegated to League Two, has also been linked to the U's League One rivals Millwall. Despite being out-of-contract at Dean Court, the 22-year-old would require a compensation fee as he is under the age of 23.
The Daily Echo is reporting that Bournemouth are believed to have slapped a £120,000 price-tag on Hollands.
Speaking to The Daily Echo, Cherries' boss Kevin Bond said: 'We're talking to Danny and I just hope that he commits his future to us.
'I know there is interest from other clubs but I just hope he decides to stay. He hasn't indicated to me that he wants to leave.
'We rate him highly and have offered him a contract that reflects that.'
Hollands started out with Chelsea as a trainee, turning professional in 2003. He captained the Chelsea Youth Team and their reserve side. In March 2006, he joined Torquay United on loan and went on to feature ten times for them. In the close season he was released by Chelsea and put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Bournemouth.
The versatile midfielder could well be seen as a replacement for U's man Mark Yeates who the U's face a difficult task in keeping.
So is he a replacement for Yeates? Or will he just add competition for places? We want to know YOUR thoughts?
Date:Friday June 20 2008
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