Bournemouth are preparing to launch a transfer bid for Swansea full-back Connor Roberts, according to The Sun.
The report says that Bournemouth scouts spotted the Welsh international when they were keeping tabs on his Swansea team mate Daniel James, who now seems destined for a move to Manchester United.
But the Cherries’ failed pursuit of the winger has now resulted in them setting their sights on Roberts, who it is believed would cost in the region of £10m this summer.
Roberts was a regular under Graham Potter last season, as he went on to make 49 appearances and scored five goals in all competitions for the Liberty Stadium outfit.
The 23-year-old is one of a number of Swansea players who impressed last season, with the likes of Matt Grimes and Oli McBurnie also delivering solid campaigns to cast doubt over their future.
This prompted chairman Trevor Birch to play down speculation surrounding a fire sale at the Liberty Stadium, insisting there would only be “one or two” player sales if James’ transfer to United goes through.
However, the Cherries are still reportedly keen to test Swansea’s resolve over Roberts, as they target a replacement for Nathaniel Clyne who is set to return to Liverpool this summer.
This would be a sensible signing from Bournemouth, as Roberts fits with their recruitment strategy of signing young players for the first team.
The Welshman has been one of Swansea’s most consistent performers this season, and his strong defensive and attacking attributes would make him a good fit for a Premier League side.
However, I think Swansea should be holding firm on this one as they must ensure that Potter’s departure to Brighton doesn’t result in a mass exodus from South Wales.
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