According to The Sun, Bournemouth are considering a move for Celtic’s Callum McGregor in the upcoming transfer window.
The midfielder has been a consistent performer for Brendan Rodgers’ side, and a move to the Premier League could be on the cards in January.
And following the injury suffered by Lewis Cook, coach Eddie Howe might be forced to sign a new player come January.
Callum McGregor: Player profile
McGregor has been a valuable player for Celtic over the past few years, having played a key role under Brendan Rodgers since his arrival back in 2016. The midfielder has featured in over 130 games in all competitions under the former Liverpool manager.
Following the departure of Moussa Dembele in the summer, McGregor’s creative output has become even more critical for the Hoops. He has already notched up five assists this campaign, which is one better than what he managed during the whole of last season.
Despite being deployed in an attacking midfield position more often this season, McGregor has also played various different roles for Rodgers this season, including right midfield, central midfield and even defensive midfield, which indicates his versatility in the middle of the park.
He also has the nose for goal, although scoring only one goal this season might suggest otherwise. But, what makes him an appealing target for the Cherries is his immense work-rate as well as his overall influence in midfield, which makes him more than just an attacking midfielder.
Should Bournemouth go for Callum McGregor?
Losing the services of Callum McGregor will be a huge blow for Brendan Rodgers, whose side has struggled with creative substance this season. Eddie Howe is keen to secure a proper alternative in his midfield and McGregor has the talents to add more creativity to the Cherries’ midfield
As mentioned earlier, McGregor’s excellent work-ethic makes him a tailor-made fit Howe’s tactical setup while his versatility, as well as his keen eye for a pass, will add another dimension to the Bournemouth midfield.
It is believed that the Scottish international will be available around £10 million, which is barely a snip for any Premier League club nowadays.
However, McGregor will have question marks regarding this move as he will have to sacrifice the chance to play regular matches in Europe.