Bournemouth set to move for £35m ex-Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore


Bournemouth have expressed an interest in Lyon’s former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore.

Lyon signed Karl Toko Ekambi from Villarreal on Monday and his arrival will put pressure on the forward positions.

Moussa Dembele has attracted attention from a number of Premier League clubs but Bournemouth are keen on Traore, who joined the French side from Chelsea in 2017 for £8.8million.

His value has soared since with the 24-year old impressing in European competition and being regarded in the £35million bracket.

Bournemouth have plummeted down the Premier League table and need a signing to lift a squad that has been severely stretched by injury and suspensions. They want a wide forward and have discussed trying an initial loan with obligation for a set fee in the summer should their Premier League status be preserved.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jacob Bruun Larsen has also been discussed on loan but prefers a permanent move and has rival interest from clubs in Germany.

Manager Eddie Howe is also braced for a late offer for stylish Dutch centre back Nathan Ake.

The 24-year old has returned to the first team fold after a hamstring injury and was arguably their stand out performer in their defeat at Norwich last Saturday.

Chelsea have a £40m option that lasts until the end of this window on Ake while Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham remain interested.

Despite being linked with Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, Arsenal are considering younger options for their defence. They would prefer loans but with Champions League qualification wide open may shell out before the end of the month.


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