Bournemouth set to seal £1.6m James Hill transfer with 19-year-old England wonderkid impressing at Fleetwood

Bournemouth set to seal £1.6m James Hill transfer with 19-year-old England wonderkid impressing at Fleetwood

01/05/2022

BOURNEMOUTH are set to sign England youth star James Hill from Fleetwood.

The defender, 19, is understood to be having his medical with the high-flying Cherries today.

His switch to the South Coast would see the Cod Army rake in a record fee of £1.6million plus add-ons, breaking the famous £1m Leicester spent on Jamie Vardy in 2012.

Hill has more than 50 first-team appearances – a rarity for a centre-back so young.

It led to a first England Under-21 call-up in November.

As a result, he joined a select few including Harry Maguire and Ezri Konsa to be selected for the Young Lions while playing permanently in League One.

Hill, who has three Under-20 caps, did not make his Under-21s debut due to injury.

But he remains highly rated within the England system.

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Hill was born in Bristol and is the son of former Bristol City defender Matt Hill.

The youngster was rejected by Blackpool aged 12 and released by Bolton at 14.

A year later he had offers from Everton and Fleetwood but picked the latter as he felt they offered a better pathway.

Liverpool, Rangers, Southampton and Burnley have all been linked with Hill in recent months.

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