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Bournemouth agree £12m deal for Brentford defender Chris Mepham

Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign Chris Mepham from Brentford Credit: www.afcb.co.uk

Bournemouth have agreed a £12million deal to sign Wales international defender Chris Mepham from Brentford, Press Association Sport understands.

Centre-back Mepham is set to undergo a medical with the Premier League club on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old, who has been capped four times by his country, has made 48 appearances in all competitions for Brentford having made his debut in January 2017.

Mepham completed his move to the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, signing a "long-term" contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be £12million.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcbTV: "Chris is a talented, young defender who has been on our radar for some time, so I am delighted he is finally our player.

"He has shown a huge amount of potential in his time at Brentford and while playing for Wales, and we believe this is the perfect environment to continue his development."

Mepham added: "There's so much to like about this club, not least the manager. Eddie Howe is a fantastic manager and what he's done here is remarkable, so to be working under him every day is a really exciting prospect."

Bournemouth boss Howe says Wilson deserves England call-up

Wilson scored twice in Bournemouth's win over Fulham last weekend. Credit: PA

Eddie Howe believes Callum Wilson's two goals against Fulham have put the Bournemouth striker on course for an England call-up.

The 26-year-old, who has recovered from two serious knee-ligament injuries in the past three years, adjusted to the loss of his regular strike partner Joshua King to again impress at Craven Cottage.

He earned the penalty from which he gave the Cherries the lead and scored again in the 85th minute to demonstrate his ability in front of goal.

But even when in-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been overlooked by the national team amid intense competition, Howe believes Wilson could be rewarded by Gareth Southgate.

Howe said: "He is certainly going to be in Gareth's mind, I have no doubt about that.

"Callum just has to keep doing what he is doing. If he continues to score and keeps doing well then it will only be a matter of time. The responsibility is with Callum to keep doing well for us.

"He is in a good place. Every game he has had chances and that is what is so likeable about Callum, he wants to score so he makes the right moves.

"He also does a lot of work for the team and when he got his moments (at Fulham) he was very efficient. He is a big player for the team."

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Eddie Howe considered for England job - Wilkinson

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Credit: PA

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and several foreign contenders were considered for the England manager's job prior to Gareth Southgate being chosen, according to Howard Wilkinson.

The League Managers Association chairman was on a five-man panel that interviewed Southgate at Wembley on Monday.

After impressing in four games in interim charge following Sam Allardyce's departure, the appointment of former England Under-21 boss Southgate appeared inevitable.

But Wilkinson insisted it was not simply a coronation and that other managers, including 39-year-old Howe, were debated.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "Eddie was considered. He fulfilled many of the criteria but at the end of the day Gareth was in place, he had many of the qualities and experience that was thought important.

"I'm sure Eddie's time will come. Foreign managers were considered but what was taken into account was what is the way forward."

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