According to The Telegraph journalist John Percy, Bournemouth have now had a £12m bid accepted for Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier.
He tweeted on Wednesday evening: “Bournemouth are close to signing Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier after a bid of around £12m was accepted. Tavernier set to undergo his medical in the next 24 hours.”
The news comes less than two weeks after Forest had a £10m bid rejected for the 23-year-old.
It was reported that Steve Cooper is still looking to sign another midfielder during the current transfer window, so the news that Tavernier is instead set for a move to Bournemouth for just £2m more than Forest had offered for him will surely leave Reds supporters and their manager gutted.
Tavernier has proven himself over the last few months with ‘Boro to be the complete midfielder who would be a valuable asset in any team, and a move to the Premier League is a great opportunity for the 23-year-old to take the next step in his career.
Over 44 Championship appearances last term, the midfielder scored five goals, delivered five assists and created eight big chances, along with making 1.6 key passes and 2.2 tackles, winning 5.7 duels and successfully completing 1.2 dribbles per game.
The younger brother of Rangers captain James Tavernier has had no trouble getting out of his brother’s shadow and honing his own talents, which has led to the player receiving high praise for his performances with the Teesside club.
His former manager Neil Warnock hailed the 23-year-old in a post-match interview last season, saying: “Tav is a special player. He’s a manager’s nightmare and a manager’s dream all wrapped up into one.”
However, the powers at The City Ground will now need to go back to their midfield shortlist and identify another player to occupy the vacancy in the heart of Forest’s team, but they will need to act fast as the Reds return to competitive action next week.