Report: Bournemouth prepare bid for highly-rated Aston Villa-linked Michail Antonio

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Bournemouth have been linked with Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio ahead of the club's debut Premier League campaign.

According to the Daily Star, Premier League new-boys Bournemouth are set to splash the cash again, with a £7.5million bid for Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio. 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is known to be a long-term admirer of the former Sheffield United play-maker, who cost Forest just £1.5million a year ago. However, he will face fierce competition for the Englishman's signature, with Aston Villa, West Brom, Swansea and Norwich also interested.

With Matt Ritchie and Marc Pugh, the Cherries are not short of quality on the wings. The duo recorded 24 goals and 22 assists between them in the Championship this season, and the addition of Antonio would only serve to bolster the attacking options at Howe's disposal.  

The powerful 25-year-old was excellent for Forest last term, scoring 14 goals in 46 league matches, while weighing in with a further 12 assists. Furthermore, the Cherries midfielder recorded more shots at goal than any other player at the City Ground per appearance, while he found success in 2.3 take-ons per match.

The Cherries have already made five first-team additions this summer with Howe readying his side for a debut season in the top flight.

Signing the Forest winger would take the club's spending since May to £15.5m, following the arrivals of Artur Boruc, Sylvain Distin, Tyrone Mings, Adam Federici and Joshua King. 

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