Bournemouth captain speaks on rumoured move for 24-year-old Tottenham man

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Tommy Elphick believes Ryan Mason would fit in perfectly with Eddie Howe's style of football and what the Cherries are trying to achieve.

Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick has said, as quoted by the Daily Star, that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason would fit in perfectly at the Vitality Stadium in the wake of reports linking him with a move to the club.

Mason broke into the first-team picture at Spurs last season with a fine individual campaign in which he made 37 appearances and was tipped to become the future of the club's midfield.

He then enjoyed an impressive run in the Spurs side earlier this term, captaining and scoring for the team in the Europa League clash with Fiorentina in February.

However, the emergence of PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli and the move of Eric Dier from defence to midfield has seen his options become more limited, and has managed just 28 appearances in all competitions.

He has returned to more prominence in recent weeks thanks to the suspensions of Alli and Mousa Dembele, but has been linked with a move away from the club this summer as he reaches a stage in his career at which he really needs to be playing regular first-team football.

Speculation in recent days has linked him with a £6 million move to Bournemouth, and Elphick believes that the switch would be a good one for both the player and the Cherries.

Elphick said, as quoted by the Daily Star: "Ryan is exactly the sort of player that we have got to be looking at. It’s good to know that the club are trying to bring better talent in and improve the squad.

"I think that comes with the territory we are in now. Our players have done well and some people are looking at them. But then we are able to look at players like Ryan.

"Obviously the changing room is so important here and the togetherness. We are all at a very good age where we are progressing and Ryan would fit that."

It remains to be seen whether Spurs will allow Mason to leave this summer, but with their new-found status as title challengers they are likely to look to upgrade the quality of their squad in the transfer window.

That said, a return to the Champions League means that they will face an even sterner test in Europe next season and they will need a large squad of players like Mason who are willing to work and graft for the club if they are to successfully juggle their domestic and continental aspirations.

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