AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick is set to have a medical at Championship side Aston Villa, after the Cherries reportedly accepted a bid in-excess of £3million.
The news follows speculation 10 days ago that Elphick had been linked with recently relegated Aston Villa.
The Cherries captain, missed the majority of the season due to injury, AFC Bournemouth’s Championship winning skipper didn’t feature at all for side in the Premier League between 12th September 2015 and 2nd April 2016 due to an ankle injury.
Elphick required an operation after it was later revealed that he had chipped a bone in his ankle in the 4-3 win at West Ham in August.
Elphick slowly worked his way towards full match fitness with a number of appearances for the Cherries development squad and two appearances for the first team in the FA Cup in January 2016, but he could not break back into the Cherries back four whilst Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook and Charlie Daniels remained fit.
Following Smith’s injury and Francis reverting back to full back, Elphick returned to the squad and played the final 7 games of the season.
The Birmingham Mail initially referenced the fact that ‘Villa have been heavily linked with a £3m move’, but went on to add that they believed that the Cherries did not want to sell.
‘sources have told the Mail the Cherries won`t countenance a deal.’ the report stated before adding ‘In the long run that might turn out to be merely a negotiation tool but equally it could mean Eddie Howe has no intention of parting with a player who has been key to their rise through the divisions.’
According to the Daily Echo, Elphick’s departure could well be disappointing for the Cherries.
They have reported that ‘Eddie Howe offered Elphick an extension to his existing deal’, which expires in 12 months time, but a deal could not be agreed as ‘ the length of the new contract was a sticking point’ for Tommy Elphick.
With no new deal agreed the AFC Bournemouth ‘defender was given permission to speak to Villa after Cherries had accepted a bid, believed to have been in excess of £3million’.
It is now thought that Elphick has returned early from his honeymoon in Italy to undergo a medical at Villa Park.
A) Sign new contract at AFCB where you’ll likely be on the bench to add competition, given your position is one that obviously needs strengthening.
B) Move to a big club in need of fresh blood, first choice, pay rise, new challenge after several years at Bournemouth
It’s a logical step for Tommy I think.
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