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Cherries: Bradbury chasing Gregory and new centre-half
BOSS Lee Bradbury could secure Cherries’ first summer signings this week after launching bids for AFC Wimbledon midfielder Steven Gregory and a mystery Championship centre-half, believed to be Crystal Palace's Adam Barrett.
The Cherries manager edged closer to bolstering his squad by submitting a series of offers for his key close-season transfer targets in recent days.
Bradbury is aiming to imminently reap the benefits of his player search as he prepares to open talks with potential recruits.
He confirmed that he had moved swiftly in his attempts to replace Jason Pearce by agreeing a fee for an un-named central defender from the second tier, which the Echo understands is Barrett.
Bradbury is also keen to secure the services of Gregory as he tries to fill the void left by Danny Hollands’s move to Charlton Athletic.
However, he will have to wait to discover whether he will get the green light to discuss terms with Gregory as AFC Wimbledon have yet to accept a bid.
The League Two newcomers rejected an initial offer, believed to be in the region of £40,000, and labelled it “a long way below” their valuation of the former Wycombe Wanderers man.
But Cherries increased the offer and expect to get a response today. Bradbury is keen to get the deal done and believes the “athletic” midfielder would be a quality addition.
He told the Daily Echo: “I have spoken to a lot of people I respect on the non-league circuit, and in League Two, and everyone has got nothing but good things to say about him.
“I think he has got interest from other clubs as well so we are looking to secure his services as soon as possible before those other clubs try to snatch him.”
A central defender is Bradbury’s other priority signing, particularly after Pearce rejoined Portsmouth on Friday for a reported £300,000.
Chairman Eddie Mitchell yesterday confirmed Bradbury had money to spend on replacements. The Cherries manager was keen not to disclose the identity of his target but said: “We have lost Pearcey so that is one of the major things I’m looking at.
“We have agreed a bid with another club for a centre-half from the Championship. We have got talks with him in the next couple of days.”
Meanwhile, Cherries look set to miss out on signing Ben Williamson.
The rookie striker spent the final five months of last season at Dean Court and was offered a new contract by Cherries. But he is set to join Port Vale.
“It is a shame because he is a good player and I think he has a lot of potential,” added Bradbury.
“But I couldn’t guarantee him first-team football with the quality of strikers we’ve got in the squad.
“I couldn’t promise that he’d be playing every week and I think he will be doing that at Port Vale.”