Report: Bournemouth set to bid for Tottenham's Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason is a a reported transfer target for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth.

The Evening Standard understands that Bournemouth are set to bid £6 million for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason.

Mason, 24, has seen himself fall behind Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembélé in the pecking order at Spurs, and has only made six Premier League starts this term.

The newspaper goes on to claim that Tottenham will be seeking much more than the mooted £6 million on offer, after successfully negotiating a deal to sell Andros Townsend to Newcastle United for £12 million in January.

Although Mason has been at the North London outfit for his entire career, he did not break into the first team until last season after loan spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Swindon Town and French side Lorient.

If Bournemouth were to sign someone of Mason's calibre, it would represent a fantastic piece of business for the Cherries. He would also fit perfectly into Eddie Howe's high tempo, passing philosophy.

Although the South Coast club have enjoyed success in their first season in the Premier League, it is obvious they still need to bolster their squad in certain areas, and their potential signing of the Spurs midfielder would be a great place to start.

Bournemouth host West Bromwich Albion tomorrow while Tottenham are preparing for a visit from Southampton on Sunday.

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