By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool have accepted a £15million bid from Bournemouth for England Under-21 winger Jordon Ibe, according to a report.
Football Insider reported earlier on Thursday that the south coast Premier League club had tested the water by tabling the offer for Ibe on Tuesday night.
The Mirror now claim that Liverpool have accepted the offer and have given the 20-year-old permission to hold talks with Bournemouth.
It is said that Ibe remains part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans but the Reds manager feels the winger should be allowed the opportunity to talk to Eddie Howe’s team.
Ibe broke into the Liverpool team two years ago under Brendan Rodgers and caught the eye with some impressive displays on the flanks but his progress stalled under Klopp in 2015-16.
It would be regarded as a major shock if Ibe was allowed to leave Anfield permanently, although there is also the possibility he could be allowed to go out on a season-long loan in order to gain regular first-team experience.
Tottenham and Arsenal have been linked with a shock summer move for the 20-year-old, who is also a long-term target of Watford.
Eddie Howe’s team have made a move that would shatter their club-record transfer fee just days after losing Matt Ritchie to Newcastle.
Football Insider revealed in April that frustrated Ibe wiped clean his Twitter and Instagram accounts of any reference to Liverpool after he was dropped from the matchday squad to face Stoke on 10 April.
However, Ibe was subsequently restored to Liverpool’s starting line-up for Premier League matches against Bournemouth and Swansea.
The winger was also introduced at half-time in the Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal last Thursday ahead of the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke and was in the matchday squad for the key matches at the end of the season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Merseysiders have made a shock £20million approach for a former Premier League flop.