Bournemouth have officially confirmed the signing of defender Chris Mepham from Brentford.
According to the BBC, the deal cost the Cherries £12 million, and the 21-year-old has signed a long-term contract at the Vitality Stadium.
Mepham arrives having impressed for the Bees throughout the first half of the Championship campaign. His performances in the second tier have earned him this chance to shine in the Premier League as part of Eddie Howe’s squad.
Since breaking into the first team at Brentford under Dean Smith last season, Mepham went on to make 48 appearances in total for the club. He made his international debut in March 2018, and now has a total of four caps under his belt for the senior Wales national side.
This has been a fine bit of business by Bournemouth. Mepham has already shown plenty of leadership qualities in his short career, and has all the physical and technical attributes needed to thrive at the very top level.
His natural authority could even make him the long term successor to Steve Cook and Simon Francis in the Bournemouth rearguard.
However, Mepham could need time to acclimatise to life in the top flight, and may find usurping Nathan Ake or Cook in the starting XI a tall order between now and the end of this season.