Despite Liverpool accepting a lucrative £15 million bid from Bournemouth for Jordon Ibe, the winger is still assessing his options.
The Cherries saw their big-money offer accepted on Thursday, including a sell-on clause and buy-back option, allowing Ibe to discuss personal terms ahead of a move to Dean Court.
But while the 20-year-old is currently considering whether to join Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth ahead of 2016/17, Ibe is yet to commit to a decision.
According to the Mirror‘s Alex Smith, this is due to further interest from elsewhere.
Smith claims that both West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United are considering moves for the versatile winger, though the former were said to have ruled themselves out at the end of June.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have already signed Scotland international Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth for £12 million.
This move likely prompted Howe’s bid for Ibe, who would benefit greatly from joining the young Englishman’s group on the south coast.
Facing competition from Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Sheyi Ojo for a starting role on the right flank this season, Ibe is unlikely to be granted sufficient game time.
Having struggled to impose himself under Jurgen Klopp in 2015/16, Ibe is seemingly in need of a change of scenery.
The German looked to have made his mind up about the former Wycombe Wanderers youth by February, with Ibe playing 1,173 minutes in Klopp’s first four months in charge, compared to just 543 in the latter four months of the campaign.
Ibe did provide a showcase of his talents on the final day of the Premier League season, however, scoring an excellent solo goal away to West Brom.
But for the time being, these would be better placed under Howe at Bournemouth, while Liverpool can keep a watchful eye over his progress following the negotiation of their buy-back option.