Bournemouth ‘consider huge contract’ for Celtic, Rangers and Everton transfer target at Bristol City

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The Cherries hope to steal a race on Celtic, Rangers, Everton and others, by offering a bumper deal

Bournemouth are reportedly lining up an offer that could test the waters for Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo.

The 22-year-old has rediscovered his goalscoring touch and has three goals in as many games. Semenyo scored in the 4-2 win against Birmingham City on the weekend and now has seven goals in 25 matches.

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Semenyo has managed to block out the talk of a departure from Ashton Gate, by keeping his head down and performing to the best ability. Several clubs have been linked with a move like Celtic, Fenerbahce, Crystal Palace, Rangers and Everton over the last year.

Football League journalist and transfer guru Alex Nixon in an article written for The Sun claims the Cherries are ready to offer a huge contract to the striker. Semenyo could be available for a fee of £15m and that they could offer him a contract of £50,000 a week.

Bournemouth believe that Semeneyo - who has only played as high as the Championship - could be the striker to help keep them up. They have yet to make any signings in the transfer window and are searching for reinforcements that could keep them up. They are one place above the relegation zone and are just a point above safety.

Bournemouth’s wait for a signing could be over however with Sky Sports journalist Mark McAdam claiming that Bournemouth agreed a deal with Lorent for winger Dango Ouattara for £20m. Semenyo can play as a winger and as a forward and it remains to be seen whether their move for Ouattara could mean their interest from Semenyo has moved on.

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Departing club CEO Richard Gould admitted last Saturday that there had been offers for five of City’s first-team players but that no offer had reached their valuation and the club does not need to sell. Clubs registered an early interest at the start of the window, which has allowed the Robins to draw up potential targets if any of their players depart.

“Yes we have had offers for four or five players at the moment,” said Gould to BBC Radio Bristol.

“None of them have met our requirements and expectations. We’re keen to try and retain the squad as we go into the second half of the season.

"Normally it’s the way that it works that we have a number in mind. Ultimately it will be determined by the market and where the demand is for players. Sometimes our expectations may be beaten depending on the demand for a particular player.

“We think there is a premium for British developed young players."

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