Report: Bournemouth target Manchester City ace Patrick Roberts in loan deal

Bournemouth have been linked with Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts.

According to a report in the Mirror, Bournemouth are seeking to take Manchester City’s highly-rated youngster Patrick Roberts on loan until the end of the season.

The British editorial state how the Cherries, despite being the most active club in the January transfer window, aren’t done yet and have earmarked Roberts as another target.

“Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has targeted a loan move for highly-rated Manchester City striker Patrick Roberts. The Cherries also continue to rival West Brom’s interest in £8 million QPR winger Matty Phillips,” the report reads.

Bournemouth have made big strides in the transfer market this month as they look to preserve their Premier League status come the end of the season.

Strikers Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban have joined the Cherries from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Norwich City respectively, while the talented Juan Iturbe has remarkably arrived on loan.

Roberts, 18, joined City from Fulham last summer following an impressive debut campaign in the Championship but he has so far struggled for game-time at the Etihad Stadium.

A loan move would be good for his development and Eddie Howe’s insistence of quick, open, attacking football at Dean Court makes Bournemouth an ideal option to continue his learning.

Roberts is predominantly a winger but can feature in a range of positions in the final third. Last season he made 17 appearances for Fulham, and earned international recognition with the England U19 side.

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