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Four Premier League clubs are targeting AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook, reports the Daily Mail.

Steve Cook is attracting interest from the Premier League

Steve Cook is attracting interest from the Premier League

Burnley, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace are all chasing the defender, who has impressed this season during Bournemouth’s superb Championship campaign. The Daily Mail understands that Burnley are the first club to make a bid for him.

The 23-year-old, who can play in central defence or at right back, only signed a new deal in July last year, but has been one of the stand out players in the Championship this year.

He joined Bournemouth for just £150,000 in January 2012, and has since made 122 appearances for the south coast side. He has played every minute of Eddie Howe’s campaign this year.

The Lancashire Telegraph, reporting on Burnley, understands that Cook would be adverse to moving to the north west, so far away from where he currently resides, to a club that might not be in the Premier League next season.

After penning Cook to a new contract last July, Eddie Howe said to the BBC: “I thought he was excellent for us last year. Considering the age that he is and the progress he has made in a relatively short period of time, I think he deserves this contract and it settles down any speculation that he’s part of our long-term plans.

“We had no bids for Cookie but you can see the potential in him and as a footballing centre-half there are few better than him in this division.”

Bournemouth have been fantastic this year, and are currently top of the Championship, having accumulated 48 points.

They face an away trip to Steve Evans’ Rotherham United on Saturday, and Eddie Howe will be hoping to get back to winning ways after defeat to Norwich City last weekend.


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