Premier League side Watford is interested in signing veteran Bournemouth center-back Steve Cook. Steve Cook has moved down the pecking order for Bournemouth this season.
Steve Cook was made the club captain last season and has completed a decade at the club. He has made more than 380 appearances for Bournemouth and is considered a club legend by many.
Steve Cook has been cast aside by Bournemouth manager Scott Parker since his arrival. Parker admitted back in September that Cook was his fifth choice center half.
The 30-year-old has only managed to appear 3 times for the Cherries in the league this season. Which was after they were hit by several injuries, especially in the defensive department.
It is fair to say that the English center-back is unsettled at the club and a move is certainly on the cards.
Claudio Ranieri’s Watford sit 17th on the table, just 2 points from the relegation zone. Their defensive record is only better than three other teams. Watford has been leaking goals from the back which could hurt them and put them in a relegation battle.
According to Football Insider, Watford has turned their attention towards the Bournemouth center-back Steve Cook to resolve their issues at the back. Ranieri just has one win to his name as a Watford manager, which is a statistic he would like to change immediately.
Will Steve Cook complete a switch to Watford in the January transfer window?
Steve Cook has the experience of playing in the Premier League for several years. He has played 168 games in the Premier League. Which is something that Ranieri will be looking for in a new signing.
It feels like it’s about time for the experienced center-back to make a move away from the Vitality. He only has a little more than 6 months left on his contract, making him a free agent in the next summer.
This winter window will be the last chance for Bournemouth to cash out on Steve Cook. But it also means that the Championship side will have to sell him at a discounted price.
All evidence leads towards the conclusion that he will move in the upcoming transfer window. But it remains to be seen whether he will go to Watford as they will face competition from Queens Park Rangers for his signature.
QPR is also looking to add new names in their backline to push for a Premier League promotion.
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