Tyrone Mings set to sign for Bournemouth for ‘considerable’ fee, Ryan Fraser and Brett Pitman heading in the opposite direction
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Ipswich Town left-back Tyrone Mings is on the verge of signing for newly-promoted Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.
And winger Ryan Fraser, along with striker Brett Pitman, could be heading in the opposite direction.
We have been told that Mings, 22, will join the Cherries for a ‘considerable’ fee – a deal potentially worth as high as £8m – with Scottish Under-21 right-winger Ryan Fraser and experienced striker Brett Pitman coming to Portman Road.
Pacey and diminutive wide man Fraser, 21, will join on a season-long loan, while 27-year-old Pitman – who has scored more than 100 goals at various levels for the south coast outfit – will arrive on a permanent deal.
Bath-born Mings, who came through the Southampton academy before dropping down to non-league, was plucked from Wiltshire outfit Chippenham Town in December 2012 after impressing manager Mick McCarthy during a trial game.
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The club paid just £10,000k for his signature and it’s understood there is no sell-on clause for his former employers.
Following the sale of Aaron Cresswell to West Ham last summer, Mings was handed his chance and didn’t look back. The athletic youngster made 42 starts in the Championship, FA Cup and League Cup last season, earning rave reviews for his dramatic improvements along the way.
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The articulate youngster’s fairytale rise has been well-documented, as have his charitable off-field acts – which include refunding supporters who had bought shirts with his name on prior to a change in squad number, serving food to homeless people on Christmas Day and paying off his mum’s debts.
Speaking following a sixth-place finish and gallant play-off semi-final defeat to rivals Norwich City – the club’s best season in a decade – Blues boss Mick McCarthy insisted that none of the club’s prized assets were for sale.
He said: “I’ve spoken to Bish (Teddy Bishop) and Ty (Mings). I’ve pointed out to them that Cressy (Aaron Cresswell) played 140 or so games here and another 100 or so at Tranmere before he moved to West Ham.
“He was ready to make that move. He had done his time and he has gone there and won every player of the year award going. He would not have done that if he had played 40 games here.
“So I’ve said to Bish and Ty – ‘you are staying here’. I want to progress. I don’t want to sell, however much money is offered. I don’t want to lose our best players. I want young, fit and vibrant players to take us forward.”
However, the EADT and Ipswich Star understands that, having been told by owner Marcus Evans that he would once again be restricted to free transfers, Bosman deals and loans again this summer, McCarthy felt that there was a need to sell in order to strengthen other areas of his squad.
The Blues are also closing in on the addition of teenage right-winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal, on a season-long loan.
Current left-back options include Jonny Parr and teenager Matthew Clarke, the latter primarily a centre-back.