Newly-promoted clubs linked with Ryan Fraser as Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly drop out of race

Ryan Fraser

The latest word in the English media suggests that north London rivals Arsenal and Spurs have firmly cooled their interest in the signing of free agent Ryan Fraser.

Cherries stint

26-year-old winger Fraser has spent the last 7 years plying his trade with Bournemouth, since making the move to the Vitality Stadium from boyhood club Aberdeen in 2013.

And, after playing a key role in the club’s promotion to the Premier League back in 2016, the Scot has since gone from strength to strength.

It was his stellar production during the 2018/19 campaign, though, which saw many begin to stand up and take notice of Fraser’s talents.

Across appearances in all 38 of Bournemouth’s league fixtures (35 starts), the pacy wide-man directly contributed to 21 goals.

His haul of 14 assists, meanwhile, proved the 2nd-highest total in the English top-flight, behind only Eden Hazard.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth celebrates with teammate Ryan Fraser after scoring a penalty for his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and AFC Bournemouth at Craven Cottage on October 27, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

PL giants circle

As such, though this past season, amid Bournemouth’s struggles, did not prove quite as fruitful for the Scottish international, the interest of some of England’s biggest clubs in his signature remained.

Last summer saw Arsenal persistently touted as a potential destination for Fraser, with the Cherries star having also been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in January.

Recent months, meanwhile, saw a new frontrunner in the race for the 26-year-old, in the form of Tottenham, pushed by the media.

The north Londoners were even said to have put together a contract offer for the wantaway Bournemouth man.

Fraser’s options

All of this of course came with Fraser’s contract at the Vitality Stadium having been due to expire this summer.

The Scot evidently saw the writing on the wall for Bournemouth ahead of the club’s relegation, before ultimately coming to the decision to seek pastures new.

As outlined above, however, while it may have previously appeared as though Fraser was set to be handed the chance to test his talents with one of the Premier League’s giants, such a development now appears altogether unlikely.

This comes with both Arsenal and Tottenham said to have dropped their interest in his signature.

As per a report from 90Min.com, who cite sources close to the situation, the capital rivals have decided to look elsewhere for reinforcements out wide (the Gunners are of course expected to announce Willian’s arrival imminently).

This, however, has not left Fraser short of suitors.

It is added that all of Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and Brighton have recently been joined by a further trio of sides keen on the diminutive winger’s signature.

The clubs in question come in the form of Leeds United, West Brom and Fulham, who, on the back of their respective returns to the Premier League, all appear keen on adding proven top-flight experience to their ranks.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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