By Amir Mir
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hoping to turn Jordan Ibe into an England international after his £15million switch from Premier League rivals Liverpool.
The winger fell out of favour at Anfield and manager Jurgen Klopp sanctioned his big money move to the south coast.
Ibe hit the ground running in Bournemouth’s pre-season friendly against Portsmouth on Saturday, finding the net in a 3-3 draw, and his new manager has tipped him for bigger and better things in the future.
“Jordan scored a good goal and we saw glimpses of what he can do,” said Howe as quoted by Sky Sports. “I am excited to work with him over a longer period of time.
“Hopefully Jordon can get in the full England squad. That has to be his aim and is certainly my aim, to take all these boys to new levels.
“If that means the national team then so be it. My only concern is getting them playing to their full potential for Bournemouth.”
The 20-year-old has represented the national team at three different age levels, most notably the Under-21s.
Ibe’s new manager has seen his stock rise after he guided Bournemouth to safety in their first ever Premier League campaign last season.
Howe has been praised for his development of youngsters such as Callum Wilson and Joshua King. The youth movement continues apace, with England Under-19s player Lewis Cook joining from Leeds for a fee of £7 million and now Jordan Ibe.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this defensive midfielder is set to undergo a medical.