AFC Bournemouth have already leaned on their contacts at Leeds United to land the signing of Leif Davis this summer, striking a favourable loan-to-buy agreement with the Premier League club for the defender.
Leeds signing Junior Firpo, having Stuart Dallas as left-back cover and emerging U23 talent paved the way for Davis to depart for Bournemouth; an exciting opportunity to work under Scott Parker in a side that should be challenging the sharp end of the Championship table.
The Cherries, though, still have eyes on a slightly more established youngster at Elland Road. The Athletic reported earlier in the month that Parker was keen on striking an agreement for midfielder, Jamie Shackleton.
What are the latest developments?
Since that initial report, it’s been a little bit quiet in terms of Shackleton making the move to the South Coast.
Just under two weeks of the window remain, but both clubs’ focus has been on the new season with Bournemouth’s packed Championship schedule underway and Leeds kicking off their Premier League campaign with a 5-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Shackleton was an unused substitute in Manchester, included in Marcelo Bielsa’s matchday squad as he usually is.
That’s on merit, too, with Shackleton enjoying a solid pre-season at right-back and offering cover to current problem position, central midfield.
Bielsa likes to carry a trimmed squad with him at Leeds, leaning on players like Shackleton for their versatility. Over three seasons (and one game), Shackleton has made 63 appearances across all competitions under the Argentinian.
He is heavily involved in the picture at Elland Road, with his situation completely different to the one Bournemouth have preyed on with Davis.
The likelihood, then, of Bournemouth pulling off the coup of landing Shackleton feels quite unlikely.