Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has agreed a contract with Bournemouth, and is set to join the Cherries for £15 million.
Bournemouth‘s bid for the 20-year-old was accepted last week, following negotiations that saw the Reds secure a crucial buy-back option.
Ibe was said to be stalling on a move to Dean Court, with Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion reportedly preparing offers, but is now seemingly set for the south coast.
Ibe is now expected to join Eddie Howe’s side later this week, following fellow youngsters Joao Carlos Teixiera, Jordan Rossiter and Jerome Sinclair through the Anfield exit this summer.
The former Wycombe Wanderers winger struggled to impose himself under Jurgen Klopp in the second half of 2015/16, and dropped down the German’s attacking ranks as a result.
Signing Senegalese forward Sadio Mane from Southampton this summer has seen Klopp add another option on the right flank, and the 24-year-old is poised to vie with Adam Lallana, Sheyi Ojo and Lazar Markovic for a starting berth.
For Ibe, joining Howe’s ambitious Bournemouth side is a positive move, as he is more likely to secure regular first-team football under the Englishman.
Ibe replaces outgoing Scottish winger Matt Ritchie, who joined Newcastle for £12 million earlier this summer.
Provided attacking license by Howe, Ibe can continue to underline his credentials as a high-potential young talent—and if he impresses during his time at Bournemouth, Liverpool can look to bring him back to Merseyside.
Meanwhile, Sergi Canos has also agreed a contract with Championship side Norwich City, according to the Independent‘s Jack Pitt-Brooke, and is set to join the Canaries in a deal worth up to £4.5 million.