Hull City, Newcastle United and Norwich City are all reportedly interested in AFC Bournemouth attacker Lee Tomlin, but Bristol City are the club expected to make the first move.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has made no secret of his desire to sign Cherries midfielder Lee Tomlin on a permanent basis in the summer.
The Cherries attacker joined Bristol City on loan until the end of the season during the January transfer window.
He had only moved to the south coast five months earlier, joining AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee in the region of £3million from Middlesbrough.
Tomlin struggled to settle in the first team on a regular basis and made just six appearances in the Premier League including three starts.
Prior to the move to Bristol the midfielder posted on Twitter…
‘A lot of speculation about my future over the past week i don’t even know what’s happening myself if I’ll be allowed to leave or not
And for me my dream is to play in the premier league as long as I can but if I’m not wanted then I’ll leave
The posts were later deleted and when questioned about the incident, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘We will be dealing with Lee internally. He is obviously frustrated at not playing. It is not a huge issue for me, but clearly we would rather he kept his frustrations in house.’
According to the Bristol Post, Tomlin’s agent Will Salterhouse ‘was immediately asked to find the player another club’ and a loan move to Bristol City for the rest of the season was completed very quickly.
Despite the apparent fall out, in February Tomlin told the Bristol Post…
‘…I just needed to get games and, now that is happening, I’m hoping I can impress Eddie Howe and get another chance back at Bournemouth…’
Tomlin has become somewhat of a fan favourite with some sections of the Bristol City support.
He joined on the 30th January with Bristol City 22nd in the Championship on 24 points.
Tomlin played 18 times, scoring 6 goals helping Bristol City to avoid relegation from the Championship.
With the transfer window set to officially open on Thursday 9th June, the Bristol Post believe that Bristol City are set to make a formal approach.
They have reported that…
‘Howe has already held talks with Tomlin regarding his future at Dean Court, while Bournemouth’s manager has also been contacted by City officials. Talks are now on-going between City and the player’s agent.
The newspaper also believes that AFC Bournemouth will recoup the majority of the £3million paid to Middlesbrough less than 12 months ago adding…
‘with billionaire majority shareholder Steve Lansdown at the helm, City will have no problems in matching the asking price.
The only stumbling point for Bristol City could be Tomlin’s reported near £30,000 a week wages, this could still leave the door open for Hull City, Newcastle United and Norwich City.
I’d say it’s Bristol City moving early as he’ll likely be their number one target whereas other Champiionship clubs may be considering him as one of several. If they get into a straight competition with quite a few there’s a good chance they may miss out on him.
Sensible manoeuvre by them. It will be interesting to see what he decides as I’m sure he’s aware other clubs will be weighing him up. Ahem. – Join the conversation here.
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