Wolves make ‘improved offer’ for £25m-rated teen who is also wanted by Bournemouth, West Ham
Premier League outfit Wolves have reportedly made an ‘improved offer’ for Bristol City teenager Alex Scott, who is also wanted by Bournemouth and West Ham.
The 19-year-old has already played 91 times at senior level for Championship outfit Bristol City.
The centre-midfielder has established himself as one of the best young players in the Football League and he was named in the Championship Team of the Season for the 2022/23 campaign.
After being involved in seven goals for the second tier side last term, Scott is being targeted by several Premier League clubs ahead of the 2023/24 season.
A couple of bids have already been submitted by different clubs and The Telegraph are now reporting that ‘Wolves are submitting a £20 million-plus bid for Bristol City midfielder Scott, with Julen Lopetegui making a major push to capture the highly-rated England under-20 international’.
Scott is a ‘prime target’ for Lopetegui and Wolves are now ‘ready’ to ‘make a second improved offer which will be closer to the Championship club’s strict £25 million valuation’.
Wolves’ initial offer was worth £18m, while Bournemouth had ‘their own bid rejected last week’. The report adds.
‘West Ham have also been monitoring Scott’s situation, while other clubs could also come into the mix, but the prospect of regular first-team football in the top division could be the main pull towards a move to Wolves.
‘Lopetegui has raised over £80 million in player sales this summer, with the departures of players including Ruben Neves, Nathan Collins and Conor Coady, and is operating on a restricted budget.
‘There is still a requirement to bring in further money to eradicate any fears of future punishment for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, following the club’s mammoth spend last season.
‘Players such as Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence and Jonny Castro Otto could all make way this summer if acceptable offers are received.
‘Yet the push for Scott’s signature has the full support of Wolves owners Fosun and the second bid is expected in the next 48 hours.
‘Bristol City remain relaxed about the situation and are seeking a record sale which will come close to the £22 million received from Brighton for centre-back Adam Webster in August 2019.’
Earlier this year, Bristol City head coach Nigel Pearson claimed Scott is “destined for the very top”.
“He’s just a very unique talent and he’s got a very impressive temperament. I think he’s destined for the very top but football dictates to you what is going to happen because you can’t always be in control of your own destiny,” Pearson said.
“Alex Scott will continue to progress and be a top player. He also knows he has the humility that he has to do it for us while he is here and he just enjoys playing football.
“That’s good to have young, hungry players at the club as well as senior players who want to continue to perform and get better.”