Middlesbrough, Bournemouth set to bid £10 million for Middlesbrough star

Bournemouth set to bid £10 million for Middlesbrough star

Bournemouth are set to make a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier, according to The Northern Echo.

Bournemouth will be preparing for life in the Premier League, having secured automatic promotion with a top two finish last season.

Scott Parker’s side will likely be very active in the transfer market and have identified Middlesbrough’s Marcus Tavernier as a potential new recruit.

The 23-year-old has been an integral part of the Middlesbrough midfield in recent seasons, having made his debut under then-manager Garry Monk back in 2017.

Last season he scored five goals and registered a further five assists in 44 league games, and his impressive form and versatility means he is a target for the Cherries.

He is able to play in a midfield three, as a number 10, on either wing, and he has even filled in at both right wing-back and left wing-back on occasion.

The report states that Bournemouth are confident of getting Tavernier for a cut price fee. Given he is entering the last year of his current contract, they are set to start their bidding at just £10 million.

Add-ons would then be included on top of this initial fee, but as the report claims, Middlesbrough would likely refuse this offer outright as they value the player far more than £10 million.

Tavernier failed to start the first three games of the season, but started the following 41 in a row, playing 90 minutes in all 41.

Chris Wilder will be reluctant to allow any bids to be entertained for the midfielder this summer, especially at that low a rate.

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