Bournemouth club captain Steve Cook is increasingly likely to leave the club this summer. According to the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, the 30-year-old is attracting interest from several clubs and could leave the Vitality Stadium on a season-long loan before the end of this transfer window.
Steve Cook Could Leave Vitality on Loan This Summer
The Defender is Yet to Play in the Championship this Season
Steve Cook’s continued absence from Bournemouth’s starting lineup in the Championship has sparked rumours about a possible exit for the club captain. The 30-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, has been subject to interest from several clubs looking to improve their defence.
A knee injury suffered during the Cherries’ first-leg win over Brentford in the play-off semi-finals last season had kept Cook out of pre-season. The defender finally returned to action in the midweek during the Cherries’ humbling loss to Norwich City in the second round of the Carabao Cup. But the club captain was surprisingly not present on the bench during their draw against Hull City at the weekend.
Cook is the longest-serving member of the Bournemouth squad. The defender has been with the Cherries for a decade now. During this period, he has made 382 appearances and scored 21 goals.
Scott Parker Hopeful of Keeping his Centre Backs
The arrival of Gary Cahill and the emergence of Zeno Ibsen Rossi has seen the Cherries left with five first-team centre backs. Scott Parker was optimistic when quizzed about the possibility of keeping his centre backs following their draw against Hull City.
He said: “At the same time, while the window is open, there is also an opportunity of maybe that not being the case really.
“At this moment, it seems like that’s going to be the way. I’ve not seen or heard any different really.
“We have five centre-halves here. We will have to see over the last few days exactly how that transpires.”