The Mirror understands that a trio of Sky Bet Championship clubs are plotting a January transfer move for out of favour AFC Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban. The 29-year-old, who is proven at Championship level, is a rumoured target of Brighton, Fulham and Leeds this month.
Eddie Howe parted way with £7million to take the player to Dean Court this time last year but has only managed one goal for the Cherries in that period, which came in the EFL Cup earlier this season. Grabban last appeared for his club in their FA Cup defeat to Millwall last weekend, but that was only his sixth display of the campaign.
It was in the 2011/12 campaign where Grabban first began to attract serious interest in the EFL from his time at Rotherham United. This earned him a move to Bournemouth, where his goals then attracted the attentions of Norwich City in 2014. He found himself a frequent sub during his time at Carrow Road, leading to him making the return to Bournemouth last year. Chris Hughton, Slavisa Jokanovic and Garry Monk all believe he can help their respective clubs reach their target this season.
It remains to be seen if those clubs want the player permanently or on loan. Neither are likely to want to pay £7million for the player, who is likely to be available this month given his lack of game time this season so far. It is probably Fulham who need the player most of all given the uncertain situation surrounding Chris Martin at Craven Cottage. Brighton have Glenn Murray, Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed at their disposal, whilst Leeds have Chris Wood, Marcus Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara available. Nevertheless, Grabban’s record at this level make him attractive to clubs in the second tier at this time of year.