Bournemouth move for Levante’s Lerma

Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma is the subject of a €19m (£17m) transfer bid from English club Bournemouth, according to reports.

The 23-year-old impressed for Colombia in this summer’s World Cup, featuring in all four of their matches, and this has heightened interest from the Cherries.

Sky Sports News reports of the bid – a potential record sale for the Valencia-based club – but doubts over a work permit could cast doubt on a move.

Primarily a holding midfielder, Lerma has also been deployed at right-back and impressed for Levante last season, for whom he made 28 La Liga appearances.

The Colombian joined Levante from Atletico Huila in 2015 while Bournemouth are said to be locked in talks for Leganes full-back Diego Rico.

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