Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is preparing a loan offer to take 18-year-old Blues right back, Dujon Sterling for the rest of the season, according to The Sun.

Bournemouth have held strong interest in the defender for a number of months and were expected to make a move for the England under-19 international in the summer. However, with Sterling signing a new contract until 2022, it is likely that a loan deal could happen.

Howe envisages Sterling to bolster the right-back options at Dean Court, providing useful competition to first-team regular Adam Smith.

Chelsea hold Sterling in high regard at the Bridge, as he made his first appearance for the senior team in the 5-1 victory against Nottingham Forest, in the Carabao Cup, back in September.  Sterling is considered one of the best hopes to reach the first team and it is no surprise considering he was named in the U-19 European Championships team of the tournament.

Sterling Ampadu
Both Sterling and Ethan Ampadu made their debuts against Forest in September

Should a loan move materialise, Sterling would be the second Chelsea player to move to Bournemouth. Nathan Ake signed on loan in the summer of 2016 before a re-call during the January transfer window. Ake was then sold to Bournemouth permanently this past summer.

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Written by Chris Bradford

20. Chelsea FC. Student at University of Liverpool. Twitter: @ChrisUTC97

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