According to The Daily Mail, Bournemouth are now the highest bidders for Brentford centre-back Chris Mepham after Leicester had an offer of £10m rejected, but Premier League new boys Wolves would be wise to join the race.
The Mail reports that the Cherries highest bid of £12m has also been rejected by the Championship club and that both Prem sides are currently considering whether to up their offers for the 20-year-old.
Mepham broke into the Brentford side properly under Dean Smith just last season, making 21 league appearances as the Bees finished ninth in the Championship.
The 6ft 3in centre-back clearly impressed too as Ryan Giggs handed him two Wales caps, with his debut coming in a 6-0 win over China in March this year.
If Mepham were to join Leicester, he would no doubt find himself behind Harry Maguire and new signing Jonny Evans in the pecking order and if he decided to join Bournemouth he may struggle to break up the partnership between Nathan Ake and Steve Cook. For this reason, the youngster would be better off joining Wolves from a personal point of view and Wolves would certainly benefit from his capture.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has already signed Frenchman and former loanee Willy Boly this summer, but the Portuguese manager prefers a three at the back formation and will need cover in his squad as they return to the Premier League.
Mepham also clearly has the quality to challenge club captain Danny Batth for a starting spot at Molineux. Owing generally to his lack of pace in what is a high defensive line, Batth began to lose his spot in the side last season as Wolves stormed the Championship, so this could be the perfect move for both parties.
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