Bournemouth have joined Sheffield United in showing interest in Everton midfielder Mo Besic – according to Bosnian source Sport Sport.
Besic is not in the plans of Toffees manager, Carlo Ancelotti, and is therefore free to leave the club during the current transfer window.
The 27-year-old has entered the final year of his contract at Goodison Park and is believed to be available for between £3m and £5m.
Having spent last season on loan with the Blades, boss Chris Wilder is considering bringing Besic back to South Yorkshire on a permanent basis.
They apparently face competition from the Cherries, who are getting ready for life back in the Championship following their relegation.
Is Bournemouth wanting Besic a bad sign?
Besic was solid enough during his time at Bramall Lane. Highlights included a wonder strike against Millwall in the FA Cup and starting appearances in both Premier League matches with Manchester City.
That said, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international made just 13 appearances in all competitions, starting six of them. Besic struggled to displace a central midfield of John Lundstram, Ollie Norwood and John Fleck. This problem was only exacerbated by the club record January arrival of Sander Berge.
United have just finished ninth in their first campaign in the top flight for 12 years. Their style and performances under Wilder have earned a lot of deserved praise.
Yet they can’t rely on that. They need to continue to improve and Wilder is fully aware of this. The 52-year-old is already looking to how he can upgrade his squad.
Is signing a player who didn’t really make an impact during a loan spell a mark of that? Especially, as the only other side interested in him is now in the second tier of English football?
If the Blades are to truly build on what has been a hugely successful return to the Premier League, then the return of Besic probably shouldn’t be part of the plan.