Bournemouth close in on double Championship swoop after Leeds, Wolves see deals ‘hijacked’ | OneFootball

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·9 August 2023

Bournemouth close in on double Championship swoop after Leeds, Wolves see deals ‘hijacked’

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Daniel Farke consoles Max Aarons.

Bournemouth have reportedly hijacked Leeds United’s bid to sign Norwich City right-back Max Aarons.

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Aarons played a big role in England Under-21’s success at this summer’s European Championships, playing 90 minutes in the final win against Spain.

He returned to his club for pre-season with an injury and did not play a single minute in pre-season before missing the Canaries’ opening Championship fixture against Hull City.

Second-tier rivals Leeds – where the player would have been reunited with Daniel Farke – were reportedly closing in on the £12million signing of the 23-year-old.

However, The Athletic are reporting that Bournemouth ‘are set to hijack’ the Whites’ move for Aarons – whose contract expires next year.

A medical was already booked and Leeds ‘believed they had a deal in place’ to sign the England U21 defender, but Cherries boss Andoni Iraola appears to have snuck in front after targeting a right-back all summer.

Bournemouth had also been linked with Atalanta’s Joakim Maehle but are now closing in on the signing of Aarons ahead of their Premier League opener against West Ham.

The south coast club are not only on the verge of signing Aarons with Bristol City starlet Alex Scott currently ‘having a medical’ ahead of his move to the Vitality Stadium.

This is according to BBC journalist Ian Dennis, who says the transfer will be worth more than £20m.

Wolves had previously been interested in signing Scott but could not afford to meet Bristol City’s valuation, believed to be in the region of £25m.

Julen Lopetegui’s departure this week came amidst a number of off-field problems in the Midlands.

Wolves have struggled to spend all summer over fears of breaking the Premier League’s Profit & Sustainability rules.

While the Molineux outfit struggle in the transfer market, it has been a wonderful summer for Bournemouth, who defied the odds to avoid relegation last season.

Scott, nicknamed the Guernsey Grealish, is a player with a ridiculous amount of potential and is set to join five other new faces at the Vitality.

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