By Matt Farr
Bournemouth are leading the race to sign Blackburn Rovers attacker Connor Mahoney this summer, according to a report.
The Lancashire Telegraph claim that the Premier League side have stolen a march on their rivals to sign the 20-year-old player, who will be available on a free transfer after his release from the League One outfit.
Mahoney has been attracting a number of potential suitors this summer after he rejected an offer of a new deal at Ewood Park, including Championship duo Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough.
It is understood that Mahoney was set to undergo a medical at Dean Court on Monday afternoon, as a proposed move to the south coast club moves close to completion.
Mahoney made 21 senior appearances in all competitions for Blackburn last season, having impressed for the reserve side during the first-half of the campaign.
He contributed four goals and two assists from his 11 appearances in the Premier League 2 Division.
But the news of Bournemouth’s reportedly advanced position in talks to sign Mahoney this summer comes after Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray admitted he expected his player to join Nottingham Forest.
Football Insider verdict
On the rare occasions when exciting young talents can be snapped upon the expiry of their contracts, it is important to act fast to beat the competition. Nottingham Forest appeared at first as though they had their man, but now it looks likely that Mahoney will join Bournemouth. The youngster will face more stern competition for a regular first-team role in the Premier League compared to in a move to Forest, and Mark Warburton will be disappointed to have missed out on his man. The attacking youngster has an impressive array of skills, and could be a fine asset in the years to come.
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