By Coral Barry
Bournemouth are preparing a £6million summer bid for Ryan Mason, according to a report.
The Cherries want to take advantage of the England international slipping down the central midfield pecking order at White Hart Lane this season.
The Evening Standard report that Bournemouth have identified Mason as a realistic target after his failure to secure a regular first-team place this season.
The Cherries have secured their top flight status in their first ever season in the Premier League and have put Mason at the very top of their summer wish list.
Mason, 24, has spent his entire career at White Hart Lane and has had numerous loan spells away from the club, including a term with French club Lorient, but has managed just six league starts this season.
The midfielder’s only league goal this campaign came in one of those starts when Mason bagged the winner in the 1-0 victory over Sunderland in September.
Although Bournemouth are hopeful a £6million bid will be enough to secure Mason’s services, the Evening Standard claim that Tottenham will be looking for a figure closer to the £12million they received for fellow academy graduate, Andros Townsend.
Spurs sold Townsend to Newcastle in January and will be confident they can demand a similar price for Mason.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Jamie Redknapp has given Spurs some advice ahead of the summer transfer window.