Why Bournemouth snubbed Osayi-Samuel deal


Bournemouth aren’t pursuing interest in a loan for Nigeria international winger Bright Osayi-Samuel because his Turkish club Fenerbahce insist they would have to come with an obligation to buy for £12m in the summer.

Osayi-Samuel — who joined Fenerbahce in January 2021 after plying his trade in England with Queens Park Rangers — had been linked with a move to the Vitality Stadium earlier this month.

However, Fenerbahce were only interested in letting Osayi-Samuel leave on loan if there was an obligation to buy clause added to the contract. As a result, Bournemouth recalled their interest.

Bournemouth were initially interested in Osayi-Samuel as he is a highly versatile player. The 25-year-old operated as a wing-back for Fenerbahce but he is also capable of playing on both flanks and upfront.

Osayi-Samuel began playing football in the youth ranks at Blackpool, before joining QPR in the summer of 2017. During his time at the club, he scored three goals and provided 13 assists.

He then transferred over to Istanbul, where he began playing for Fenerbahce. The 25-year-old also made his Nigeria debut in November last year.

As a result, he was earmarked as a potential target for Bournemouth. However, a deal will not materialise on deadline day of the January transfer window.

Bournemouth have, however, accepted a bid for Sassuolo midfielder Hamed Traore and signed Matias Vina on loan from Roma.