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Report: Southampton and Bournemouth in bidding war for West Ham target Bartlomiej Dragowski
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Report: Southampton and Bournemouth in bidding war for West Ham target Bartlomiej Dragowski

According to reports in Italy, two Premier League clubs have started a bidding war for reported West Ham target Bartlomiej Dragowski.

Southampton and Bournemouth have both submitted bids for Fiorentina goalkeeper Dragowski, as per Italian media outlet Alfredo Pedulla.

Dragowski is a man in demand after a fine half-season loan spell at Empoli. During that time, he broke the Serie A record for most saves in one match (against Atalanta).

The young stopper has now returned to Fiorentina but his future remains uncertain. Southampton and Bournemouth have both firmed up their interest with concrete bids.

Southampton started the bidding with an offer of £8.8m plus bonuses. But their south coast rivals have upped the ante. Bournemouth’s bid is a basic fee of around £9.7m, plus £3.5m in bonuses.

Both clubs await the decision of Fiorentina. After a disappointing 16th-place finish, Vincenzo Montella is weighing up his options and could keep Dragowski instead.

West Ham linked with Bartlomiej Dragowski

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West Ham were linked with Dragowski last month. A report by Tutto Mercato Web claimed that West Ham watched the 21-year-old in action against parent club Fiorentina.

The Hammers were in the hunt for a new goalkeeper with Adrian due to leave. And Dragowski was seen as a potential masterstroke. The Poland U21 stopper could have provided short-term cover for fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianski before becoming his long-term successor.

However, West Ham have since signed Roberto and David Martin on free transfers from Espanyol and Millwall respectively. This surely means the Irons will stay away from this bidding war – at least for now.