Date: 18th July 2018 at 5:46am
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AFC Bournemouth are expected to be busy over the next few weeks ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

However, if all of the rumours in just the last 24 hours were to be true, then Cherries manager Eddie Howe would be overseeing a spending spree of over £80million on four players.

The Cherries had already been linked with a potential mega-money move with Brentford for duo Chris Mepham and Ollie Watkins.

Chris Mepham is a 20-year-old Welsh Under 21’s international who has made 12 appearances for Championship side Brentford this season.

Brentford forward Ollie Watkins is a 22-year-old who scored 10 goals in 45 Championship appearances last season following his £1.8million move from Exeter City.

AFC Bournemouth have said to have had a £10million offer for Mepham rejected, whilst the Evening Standard believe that Watkins will not move for less than £15million.

If that’s to be the case then Brentford are looking for in excess of £25million for the pair.

The next strong link has been AFC Bournemouth’s interest in Colombia international Jefferson Lerma.

The link with the 23-year-old Levante midfielder began prior to the World Cup, with AFC Bournemouth linked with a £18million bid.

But according to The Sun that offer has now increased to an eye-watering £32million with the tabloid explaining that the Cherries have…

“now increased the guaranteed cash and thrown in extras based on appearances to make the massive new total.

“Howe hopes to have the deal finalised this week and a work permit will not be an issue because of the size of the fee.

But the tabloid didn’t stop there.

AFC Bournemouth have also reportedly been interested in Uruguay’s left back Diego Laxalt.

The fee is said to be £25million with the report adding…

“The ambitious outfit are also heading the chase for Laxalt and prepared to pay Italian side Genoa the asking price for their versatile player.

Your say…

kirsikka wrote…

£32m for a midfielder that was in and out of the Colombia team? Hmm. I’m really struggling with that, even given the price inflation going on around us.

If we’ve been dallying around paying the £15-20 million it would take to get Mepham I don’t really see us suddenly splurging like that.

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