Bournemouth want to sign Sepp Van Den Berg on loan

The 20-year-old Dutchman has spent the last 18 months with Preston North End in the Championship, having joined as part of the deal that brought Ben Davies to Anfield.

The defender made 50 appearances for North End last season and was used in a number of positions including right-back and right-back alongside his preferred spot in central defence.

With intense competition at Anfield for places in defense (Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all ahead of him), it was widely believed that Van Den Berg would be loaned out again this season, either to a higher-club level championship or Premier League attire.

AFC Bournemouth are the perfect option and want to secure their services according to journalist Alan Nixon.

Scott Parker’s men were unconvincingly promoted against the backdrop of last season, with the club piling up huge financial backing behind the former Fulham man.

Now, having only signed Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell on free transfers, they are the bookmakers’ favorites to be relegated from the Premier League.

An addition like Van Den Berg, with his versatility, could help the club cover a host of positions.

In the centre-back area, they released Gary Cahill and opted not to invest in a permanent deal for Van Den Berg’s team-mate Nat Phillips, who spent six months under Parker last season.

He is under contract with Liverpool until 2024, and a loan move would likely be associated with a contract extension or a new deal in itself.

He arrived at Anfield having made his breakthrough aged just 16 for PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie, and has matured since his original campaign which saw him draw criticism for his performances in cup competitions.

He is currently part of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Austria, where they prepare to face RB Salzburg on Wednesday before taking on Manchester City in the Community Shield.

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