AFC Bournemouth have made contact with Brentford about the availability of defender Chris Mepham.

Skysports are reporting that the Cherries have tried to sign Mepham twice before, failing with a £5.5m bid this time last year and seeing £10m turned down in the summer.

The 21-year-old has been a key performer at the heart of Brentford’s rearguard action this season, making 22 appearances in the Skybet Championship.

The centre-back is a product of the club’s youth academy and only made his professional debut in January 2017.

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However, he became an established member of the first team squad last season and has since earned four Senior Wales caps, with his first start coming in May as the Welsh drew 0-0 with Mexico.

Mepham has not appeared for the Bees since sustaining an ankle injury against Bolton Wanderers just before Christmas, but the injury is not serious enough to put Cherries boss Eddie Howe off a move.

Howe has played Nathan Ake and Simon Cook regularly at centre-back this campaign, although there is speculation around the former, with Chelsea reportedly keen on re-signing the Dutchman.

Southampton have also been following Mepham’s progress, but look unlikely to rival Bournemouth for his signature.

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