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AFC Bournemouth still interested in Brentford defender

AFC Bournemouth are still interested in Brentford defender Chris Mepham, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

The Premier League side tried to sign him over the summer but the Bees are standing firm in their attempts to hold onto the highly-rated centre-back.

Mepham, who is 20-years-old, has burst onto the scene for Brentford in the Championship over the past two seasons and has also been a regular for the Wales national team since making his debut in March.

He started his career at Chelsea but was released by the London side when he was 14 years-old. Mepham was then rejected by Watford and QPR before signing for Brentford in 2012.

The 6ft 3inc defender rose through the youth ranks at Griffin Park and was a key player for their youth sides before entering their first-team plans. Mepham made his debut for the Bees in an FA Cup away win at non-league side Eastleigh in January 2017.

He was named Brentford B Team Player of the Year for the 2016/17 season and after the senior side sold Harlee Dean to fellow Championship side Birmingham City, Mepham was promoted to the first-team. He has since played 34 times.

It is no surprise that Bournemouth continue to be linked with Mepham. The Cherries have a lot of promising young talent in their squad and their manager Eddie Howe is obviously planning for the future. They raided the Championship in the summer to land David Brooks from Sheffield United, could Mepham be the next youngster to make the step up into the Premier League?

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