Championship club AFC Bournemouth are in talks with Manchester City over a potential loan deal for 19-year-old winger Morgan Rogers according to the Daily Mail, with a £9m obligation to buy at the end of the temporary spell.
The Cherries look set to require a new winger after a Villarreal bid worth £21.3m for Arnaut Danjuma was reported to be accepted by Bournemouth officials at the Vitality Stadium yesterday.
The 24-year-old recorded an impressive 22 goal contributions in 33 Championship appearances last term, exploding into life during the 2020/21 season after a quiet first campaign on the south coast.
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Scott Parker’s side look set to secure a healthy profit from the £13.7m they spent on the Dutchman back in 2019 and with a tidy sum of money to come in from his sale, they could be set to splash the cash on teenager Rogers who impressed alongside Nottingham Forest winger Brennan Johnson last season at Lincoln City.
The Manchester City youngster joined Michael Appelton’s side on a half-season loan in January, scoring six goals and recording four assists in 25 League One games, almost leading the Imps to promotion.
He even made an appearance at the City Ground as a spectator in last weekend’s loss to AFC Bournemouth, although Forest manager Chris Hughton went on to say he wasn’t even aware the 19-year-old was there until he was told later on.
A loan-to-buy agreement is a possibility both sides are discussing, with the £9m obligation to purchase £1m higher than the deal it took for City to lure him away from West Bromwich Albion back in August 2019.
The Baggies inserted a sell-on clause into this agreement though – and they will be in line for a considerable financial boost if this transfer goes through.
With one of their most important players set to leave the club, it’s only right manager Scott Parker gets the opportunity to bring in a replacement and in someone like Morgan Rogers, they would have a talented player on their hands.
The teenager showed great promise at the LNER Stadium in the second half of last season – and at just 19 – he has the potential to become a regular Premier League player in the future.
He may not have the desired amount of Championship experience just yet – but he will only improve with more experience in the second tier and a higher calibre of players around him.
Whether he would be able to match Danjuma’s impressive goalscoring record remains to be seen, but the £21.3m deal negotiated for Danjuma could allow Bournemouth to make another high-profile signing on top of Rogers and at this stage, a striker needs to be at the top of the agenda.
Dominic Solanke is a capable forward – but there’s a very limited amount of squad depth up top and that is something Cherries boss Parker will be keen to address between now and transfer deadline day.