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Marcus Tavernier: Middlesbrough reject bids from Nottingham Forest & Bournemouth

Tavernier has emerged as a target for a number of Premier League clubs.
Tavernier has emerged as a target for a number of Premier League clubs. / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Middlesbrough have rejected bids from newly-promoted Premier League sides Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth for midfielder Marcus Tavernier, 90min understands.

Tavernier - who is the younger brother of Rangers captain James - was a standout performer for Boro last season as they fell short of the Championship play-off places.

Capable of playing across the midfield, the 23-year-old contributed five goals and five assists last term, and his performances have drawn attention from a number of top-flight clubs.

90min understands Middlesbrough have rejected offers worth around £10m from both Forest and Bournemouth - who were promoted from the Championship at the end of the 2021/22 campaign - and they are holding out for closer to £15m.

They will be hopeful of their valuation being met as sources have told 90min that there is also interest in the player from established Premier League sides Leicester City and Everton, with both considering making an approach of their own.

The former England youth international came though the Boro academy before establishing himself in the first team following a brief loan at MK Dons.

Middlesbrough will be open to selling Tavernier for the right price this summer as his contract expires in 2024, making this one of the final opportunities to cash in for their full valuation.


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