Report: Bournemouth to make £15m Chris Mepham bid in attempt to beat Southampton

Southampton's Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern...

The Brentford defender is reportedly wanted by Bournemouth and Southampton this month.

Chris Mepham of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Bournemouth will make a £15 million offer for Chris Mepham in an attempt to beat Southampton to the Brentford defender's signature, according to the Sun.

Southampton are said to be interested in both Mepham and Ollie Watkins, the Welshman's teammate who plays in attack.

 

But it is claimed their south coast rivals want a centre-back to complete their January business, which began with the £19 million capture of Dominic Solanke and continued with the striker's former Liverpool colleague, Nathaniel Clyne.

Bournemouth had a £10 million offer turned down for Mepham in the summer transfer window, according to the Sun.

Gift from the Gab?

It was reported last month that the new Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, must sell before he can add to his squad in January.

And it remains to be seen whether the departure of Manolo Gabbiadini back to Sampdoria - at an alleged cost of around £11 million - will enable the Saints to counter Bournemouth's planned Mepham bid.

Manolo Gabbiadini during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on November 2, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Bournemouth, Southampton or somewhere else? Where is Mepham heading this month?

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