The battle for south coast supremacy in recent years has been a title held by AFC Bournemouth.
For the past two seasons, the south coasts highest-ranked club in English football has been the Cherries, finishing ahead of both Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League, with Portsmouth languishing in the lower leagues.
The 2019/20 Premier League campaign looks set to see Southampton re-take that top spot of south coast clubs, a position that historically has been theirs for the last few decades, but will that make them the favourites to sign a prospective transfer target ahead of their local rivals?
teamTALK have reported that the trio of clubs all hold an interest in Middlesbrough midfielder Lewis Wing.
The 24-year-old was a late developer in regards to professional football, only making the step-up from non-league in 2017 when he joined Middlesbrough.
He went on to make his first-team debut in August 2017 in the League Cup, playing the final 10 minutes of the tie, a 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe, before a loan move saw him make his football league debut in League Two for Yeovil Town in January 2018.
Wing made 22 appearances for Yeovil scoring 3 times before returning to Middlesbrough at the end of that season.
The 2018/19 campaign was the breakthrough season for Wing, making 35 appearances in all competitions for the Championship club. This season he has remained a first-team regular with 31 appearances to-date, but recently he has also added goals to his game with 5 goals in his last 11 appearances.
The report claims…
A club insider has told TEAMtalk that south-coast trio Bournemouth, Southampton and Brighton are all considering a summer bid.
Boro would be loathed to losing Wing but would be hard-pushed not to accept if a sizeable offer arrived at the end of the season.
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