Spicer up for grabs
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bournemouth would not stand in the way of John Spicer furthering his career.Bournemouth chairman Peter Phillips has admitted he would not stand in the way of John Spicer furthering his career.
Spicer moved to Dean Court from Arsenal in December, having initially joined on loan in August, and has impressed many observers with his mature displays in the middle of the park.
It is believed that a clutch of Championship clubs are keen on the 21-year-old and Phillips has admitted a suitable offer would prise Spicer away from The Cherries.
"It is true of all of our players really," Phillips told the Bournemouth Daily Echo. "We try to be an ethical club and the same would be true whether it was Wade Elliott, Garreth O'Connor, Steve Fletcher or John Spicer.
"If there is interest in a club from a higher level, then we would always tell the player.
"As long as we could negotiate a reasonable fee, we would never stand in a player's way. Players know that when they sign for us.
"It is more of an ethical thing really. If a Championship club comes along who are interested in him, we will not deny him that opportunity."
Phillips, though, is adamant Spicer will not be allowed to move on for a paltry sum.
He added: "If a club came in, they would not get him for £10,000 - it is rather more than that.
"But we have to remember that we did remarkably well to get a player of John's calibre for only £10,000 from Arsenal.
"We have done very well out of him and if he was to go tomorrow, he would still have been a very good signing for us.
"But he is a Bournemouth player, still has another year on his contract and if anybody wanted him, they would have to pay a transfer fee."