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Newcastle United set to compete with Watford to land PL defender

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Ladbrokes have made Newcastle United the second favourites to sign AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook.

It is no secret that Newcastle United are in the market for a new centre back this summer with Rafa Benitez keen to bolster a number of positions ahead of the Magpies’ Premier League campaign in 2017/18.

Newcastle fans have voiced concerns over the form of Jamaal Lascelles and Grant Hanley at times this year whilst Chancel Mbemba has been sparingly used and Ciaran Clark has suffered with injury problems.

An experienced leader at the back is on Benitez’s wishlist and Steve Cook fits the bill.

The 26-year-old is having an impressive season and his stats are ranking him among the best defenders in the league in terms of blocks and clearances.

Watford are supposedly leading the chase for the former Brighton defender and Ladbrokes have given them odds of 7/4 to land their man.

Newcastle come in as second favourites to sign Steve Cook at 11/2.

Also in the hunt are Southampton (6/1), West Bromwich Albion (7/1) and West Ham United (8/1).

Newcastle fans – would you like to sign Cook? Let us know in the comments below…


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