Bournemouth are ready to smash their transfer record after agreeing to sign Columbian midfielder Jefferson Lerma from Spanish club Levante.
That is according to Sky Sports who report that the 23-year old is due to have a medical at the South Coast cub on Tuesday, prior to completing the deal.
The fee is reported to be £25 million, and, with add-ons, could rise to £30 million, eclipsing the £20 million The Cherries paid Chelsea a year ago to sign Nathan Aké on a permanent deal.
Lerma currently plays as a central midfielder for his club, although he can be deployed as a right back and a defensive midfielder as well. He joined Levante in August 2015, initially on loan from Atlético Hulla, without the move converted into a permanent transfer a year later.
He has nine caps for Columbia and was part of their 23-man squad for the World Cup.
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