Levante Star Jefferson Lerma Hands In Transfer Request Following Cherries Interest

 Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma has handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Bournemouth

Jefferson Lerma has handed in a transfer request at Levante – after a fee believed to be in the region of £22.2million from Bournemouth was rejected.

The player is disappointed he is being denied the opportunity to fulfil his ambition of playing in the Premier League, according to source close to the deal.

The Cherries have been hot on the heels of Lerma, 23, for some time and firmed up their interest with a big offer on Thursday which was turned down.

The Colombian hardman, who played against England for his country at the World Cup, is viewed by Eddie Howe as the perfect signing to add bite in midfield.

Should Lerma eventually get his wish to move to the South Coast, he would join David Brooks and Diego Rico in arriving at the Vitality Stadium this summer.

Lerma has amassed nine caps for the South American nation since making his debut in 2017.

He joined the La Liga side initially on loan in 2015 from Atletico Huila, before penning a four-year the following summer after he made over 25 league appearances.

The 2016 Olympian was involved in an unsavoury incident with Iago Aspas last season – where he accused the Liverpool flop of racial abuse.

He was a key player for the Valencia-based side last campaign as Levante finished in 15th place to avoid the drop.

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