Bournemouth ‘hijack’ deal for Wolves ‘No. 1 target’ as £25m bid ‘further frustrates’ Lopetegui

Jason Soutar
Alex Scott with the Bournemouth and Wolves badges.
Bournemouth and Wolves are both vying for Alex Scott's signature.

Bournemouth have made a £25million bid to sign Bristol City youngster Alex Scott, who is Wolves’ top transfer target, according to reports.

Scott has been compared to Manchester City and England winger Jack Grealish, picking up the nickname the ‘Guernsey Grealish’.

In 39 appearances last season, the 19-year-old scored two goals and provided five assists, which is a pretty underwhelming return, but this kid is the real deal.

Wolves are believed to be very keen on signing Scott with head coach Julen Lopetegui making the teenager a ‘prime target’.

The Telegraph recently reported that Wolves and Bournemouth have both had bids rejected by Bristol City, though the former were ‘ready’ to make an ‘improved offer’.

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The same outlet now says Bournemouth are in ‘advanced talks’ to ‘hijack’ Scott from their Premier League rivals.

John Percy claims ‘negotiations are progressing’ with an agreement ‘getting closer’, which is very bad news for Lopetegui, who is already believed to be annoyed by his club’s summer activity, or lack thereof.

In the report, it is said the Spanish head coach will ‘suffer further frustration’ having made Scott his ‘No. 1 target’ this summer.

Due to ‘financial regulations’, Wolves have not met City’s £25m asking price, seeing two bids rejected by the Championship outfit, who have ‘stuck rigidly’ to their valuation.

Scott’s contract is set to expire in 2025, so selling now for over £20m should be seen as good business for Bristol City.

Speaking earlier this week, the club’s manager Nigel Pearson admitted £25m would have to be paid to prise the teenager from Ashton Gate.

“I don’t know how many bids there have been, as far as I’m concerned we’ve made our stance quite clear as a football club and that is for somebody to gain the opportunity to talk to him we’re talking about £25 million.

“We don’t want to sell him, that’s why we’re pricing him the way that we are, and actually having seen him since the start of pre-season we should be asking £30 million for him, never mind £25 million.

“The bottom line is we as a club have said ‘he’s going to cost £25 million as a starting point’ and if something happens where he goes for less than that then I won’t be very happy, I can tell you that now.”

While Wolves have struggled to get players through the door, Bournemouth are enjoying a great summer on the transfer front and also appointed promising Spanish boss Andoni Iraola following the shock dismissal of Gary O’Neil.

Should Scott join the Cherries, he will become their sixth summer signing after Hamed Traore, Milos Kerkez, Justin Kluivert, Romain Faivre and Ionut Radu.

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