Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool 'target' rejects new contract deal in transfer boost

A player who is a 'target' for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur has reportedly rejected a new contract deal at his current club.

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool target Lloyd Kelly has turned down a fresh contract offer at Bournemouth - as such, this would seemingly open the door for Spurs to potentially secure a transfer in the summer transfer window, according to Football Insider.

Kelly's current deal is due to expire on June 30 of this year. If he does not sign a new deal with Bournemouth before then, he will become a free agent - allowing any interested parties to snap up the 25-year-old on a free transfer. In 2021, Kelly was named as club captain of the Cherries - since then, however, this honour has been given to Neto instead.

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Many feel that Kelly has been underutilised at Bournemouth this season. He has played just 12 games for the Cherries in the Premier League - instead, manager Andoni Iraola has shown a clear preference towards Marcos Senesi and Ilya Zabarnyi as his centre-back pairing. Kelly has played for England multiple times at youth level, but has yet to receive a senior cap for the Three Lions. Could a move to Spurs change this?

What would Lloyd Kelly bring to Tottenham?

A technically adept central defender, Kelly is the archetypal modern centre-back. Not only is he a capable, composed passer of the ball, he is also very physically capable - standing at 6ft 3, he has no problem dealing with even the most powerful of strikers in the Premier League. He has scored a single goal this season, which came in the FA Cup. Despite this, he has yet to rack up an assist.

Additionally, he is also a left-footed centre-half. Playing out from the back is a key facet of Ange Postecoglou's setup - with a left-footed centre-back in the back line, it will give Spurs a much greater range of how they can do this.