Bournemouth are pursuing Besiktas defender Alexander Milosevic in an effort to add a youthful to their defence, according to reports from TeamTalk.
In Bournemouth’s first Premier League season, the club finished as third-worst out of all teams for goals conceded.
The Cherries recently released 38-year old Sylvain Distin, opening a void at the centre back position. Now, manager Eddie Howe is searching elsewhere for young talent, and the Bournemouth boss sees Milosevic as a possible addition as he ups his efforts to upgrade their back line.
Milosevic, a 24-year old Swede, joined Besiktas in 2015, but was sidelined for six months due to a knee injury. He played 10 games for German club Hannover on loan, where he caught the attention of those at Bournemouth and he could well be wearing Mansion on his shirt next season, the Gibraltar-based company that has gambling sites like the popular Casino.com agreeing a deal with the south coast club.
Before joining Besiktas, the centre back played with Swedish teams Vasalunds IF and AIK, and he currently plays for the Sweden U-21 squad. Milosevic has experience playing in the midfield and has shown an ability to score as well.
Injuries have prevented Milosevic from playing for the national senior squad. Pursuing the young defender may be a gamble for Howe, as Milosevic’s foot and knee injuries have consistently hampered his potential. If Bournemouth can acquire the 24-year-old, his market value is projected to be around £1m.
In addition to Bournemouth, Milosevic has also garnered interest from additional top-notch Premier League clubs. Despite the interest, he signed a three and a half-year deal with Besiktas in 2015.
Bournemouth finished 16th out of 20 teams this year and will look to find safety in the standings in their second year in the Premier League next season. The squad struggled down the stretch of the season, winning just one game in the final eight matches. Bournemouth’s defence struggled to contain the top clubs in the Premier League, as the Cherries conceded three or more goals in 11 Premier League games.
Toward the end of the season, Bournemouth struggled to produce consistent results. The squad hadn’t won consecutive games since December, but their place in the 2015-16 standings was enough to avoid relegation.