By Will Butcher
Bournemouth are weighing up a £10million move for Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, according to a report.
The Sun claim the 19-year-old could follow former Reds duo Brad Smith and Jordan Ibe to the Vitality Stadium, after a torrid spell with injuries at Anfield since joining the Merseyside club.
It is believed that Cherries boss Eddie Howe wants to bring the former Charlton defender to Bournemouth with a sell-back option, or could complete a loan move for the 2017-18 campaign.
Gomez returned from a long-term knee injury back in March but has made just three senior appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, all coming in the FA Cup.
The England Under-21 international is currently way down the pecking order in his preferred position of centre-back, with Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip ahead of him.
With only 10 senior Liverpool appearances to his name, Gomez could look to jump ship in order to put his injury demons behind him as well as remaining in England’s top flight.
However, Liverpool’s number 12 has a lengthy contract that expires in just over five years’ time and it remains to be seen if Klopp is willing to sell his teenage defender.
Football Insider verdict:
First-team football is desperately needed for Gomez in order to fully recover from the knee injury he sustained back in the early stages of 2015-16. Remaining at Anfield and playing only intermittently runs the risk of suffering the same injury, which saw Danny Ings sidelined with the same problem back in October this season. A move to Bournemouth could be perfect for Gomez, with Howe known for his faith in young, English talent. However, Liverpool must look to keep their defensive prodigy and a loan move could be the best solution for all parties involved, as Howe looks to replace former defender Nathan Ake who returned to Chelsea.
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