Bournemouth appear to have won the race to sign John Terry on a free transfer after offering the centre-back a six-figure salary to move to the south coast.
The Chelsea legend is rumoured to be in line to pick up £100k-a-week off the Cherries if he agrees to move to the Vitality Stadium this summer and, according to The Sun, it seems that the wages on offer will be enough to convince Terry to shake hands on the deal.
That contract, which will reportedly last just 12 months, will also be laden with additional incentives for Terry to run the rule over that will take his salary over his apparent basic salary – a further apple on a stick with which to tempt him to Dorset.
Terry had only plied his trade at Stamford Bridge throughout his entire club playing career and had allegedly been mulling over whether he should hang up his boots for the final time after his Blues contract expired.
However, the 36-year-old is said to have held talks with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe about playing on, and a signing of the ilk of Terry would prove to be a massive coup for the Cherries if they can pull it off.
Terry’s leadership credentials would be a huge boost to Bournemouth’s first-team squad, and his knowledge of the game would certainly be beneficial to the Cherries as they look to improve upon last season’s ninth placed Premier League finish.
West Bromwich Albion had been chasing ex-England international Terry after he stunned the footballing world by announcing his decision to end his 22-year association with Chelsea, but that interest is now said to have cooled.
Newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion were also believed to be in the hunt for Terry’s signature, but manager Chris Hughton was put off by the defender’s extortionate salary demands and will now turn his attentions elsewhere.
If Terry accepts Bournemouth’s offer, he will likely join fellow veteran Jermain Defoe at the club, with the 34-year-old striker set to re-join the Cherries on a free as well.
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