Leeds United are keeping an eye on a potential Bournemouth talent purge ahead of the next transfer window, Football Insider understands.
United’s own promotion dream is in the balance but the club’s recruitment team have been busy assessing potential targets if they end their 16-year spell in the Football League.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the younger stars in Eddie Howe’s relegation-threatened squad are of particular interest to cash-conscious Leeds.
Bournemouth’s style of play and player development strategies have echoes of those implemented by Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds.
That could mean relatively uncomplicated acclimatisation periods for any players the Argentine could look to bring in.
The Cherries are facing a major talent exodus if they fail to maintain their Premier League status at the end of the season.
The grim prospect of relegation has intensified since the restart, with Howe’s side losing both of their matches, including Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves.
Bournemouth remain rooted at 18th in the table, although they are level on points with 17th-placed West Ham.
Leeds are already committed to converting loans into permanent transfers this summer, and are not expected to be massive spenders even if they are in the Premier League next season.
Nevertheless, there will be some significant squad strengthening, including in the key centre-forward, goalkeeper, central midfield and full-back positions.
Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale, 21, is one target for Leeds, while winger Harry Wilson, 23, has also attracted strong interest from the club in previous windows.
It is a turn of the tables should the two clubs swap leagues at the end of the season in more than one sense.
Bournemouth were among the Premier League elite keen on signing Kalvin Phillips last summer and signed Lewis Cook, another stellar Elland Road academy product, in 2016.
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