Bournemouth are still in contact with Middlesbrough over £12m move for Marcus Tavernier – with Scott Parker’s promoted side also looking at free agent goalkeeper Alex Smithies
- Bournemouth are continuing talks with Middlesbrough over Marcus Tavernier
- The Cherries are hoping to sign the talented midfielder, 23, in a £12million deal
- Ex-Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies is training with Scott Parker’s side too
Bournemouth are continuing talks with Middlesbrough over a £12million deal for Marcus Tavernier.
The talented midfielder played 48 times in all competitions for Boro last season, scoring five times and providing five assists while impressing with several strong performances.
Tavernier, 23, is also attracting interest from fellow promoted club Nottingham Forest.
Bournemouth are continuing talks with Middlesbrough over a £12m deal for Marcus Tavernier
Scott Parker’s side are hoping to beat fellow promoted club Nottingham Forest to the signing
Steve Cooper’s side made a £10m bid earlier this month for a player they view as a long-term replacement for 29-year-old wideman Joe Lolley, who is no longer in their plans.
Ex-England U20 international Tavernier, younger brother of Rangers captain James, can play on both flanks or behind the striker.
However, he was generally used by Boro manager Chris Wilder as a ‘No 8’, a central midfielder with attacking freedom, last season.
The Cherries are also looking at former Huddersfield goalkeeper and free agent Alex Smithies
Bournemouth are also looking at former Huddersfield Town goalkeeper and free agent Alex Smithies, who is training with them after leaving Cardiff City this summer.
The 32-year-old would provide experienced cover and competition for current No 1 Mark Travers, 23, and backup Will Dennis, 22, who has never played a senior game for the club.
Parker has only signed midfielder Joe Rothwell from Blackburn and defender Ryan Fredericks from West Ham on free transfers so far this summer.
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