Bournemouth are front-runners in the race to sign Sepp van den Berg from Liverpool this summer.
That’s according to The Daily Mail, who claim that the Cherries are hopeful of signing the Liverpool defender on-loan.
The newly-promoted side reportedly have a ‘strong’ relationship with The Reds owing to past transfer business between the clubs.
And it’s claimed that this has played a part in Bournemouth ’emerging’ as early favourites to land the Dutchman.
Choosing the right path carefully
There was news last week that Liverpool had received approaches from teams in three different countries for van den Berg. As a result, this doesn’t come as a surprise.
Bournemouth may or may not be the right answer for the young defender. There are a few things to weigh up.
First of all, it would obviously be a Premier League move. That would be a good step up for the 20-year-old. He’s already proven he can handle the rough-and-tumble of the Championship.
He was brilliant on-loan at Preston North End for 18 months. The youngster was even called ‘excellent’ by then manager Alex Neil via Lancs Live.
From that point of view, the Premier League is the next logical step. However, game-time needs to be carefully thought through. There’s no use going to a ‘better’ team to then sit on the bench all season.
Bournemouth’s aims for the season should also be balanced. It seems likely that they’ll be in a relegation battle straight after coming back up. Perhaps it may not be wise to throw a young player into that for his first top-flight experience.
But then again, Scott Parker has his team playing an eye-catching brand of football. Liverpool will want van den Berg in a set-up that can in some way mirror their own, and Bournemouth may well do that.
It seems likely that others will join the Cherries in the race in the coming weeks. When they do, Liverpool need to make sure van den Berg is given the right environment to continue his impressive development.