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Premier League boss fears exodus to China is just beginning

Eddie Howe believes English clubs may struggle to recruit the world’s top players in coming years.

AFC BOURNEMOUTH MANAGER Eddie Howe has admitted Chinese investment could have a significant impact on the Premier League.

The Premier League has already seen players like Paulinho and Ramires move directly from the English top-flight to China from Tottenham and Chelsea respectively and Howe said he expected to see more of the same in the coming seasons.

And earlier today Ezequiel Lavezz joined Hebei China Fortune from Paris Saint-Germain on a deal rumoured to be worth more than €500,000 per week.

“It is early days but, moving forward, they will possibly continue to spend big money and players will be attracted there so it could make it more difficult for clubs to recruit,” he told the Daily Echo.

“It will be interesting to see the Premier League have a competitor because it has mainly dominated in terms of transfer fees and the income television brings.

“They are certainly having a go and attracting some big names.”

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