There’s news today in The Sun that Newcastle United are interested in Bournemouth central defender Steve Cook, and Steve can also play at right back.
Steve Cook – Bournemouth defender
Newcastle need some central defenders brought in this summer, since it’s been a problem position for us over the last two seasons, although we will be getting Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest into the first team squad this summer.
21 year-old Lascelles spent a year on loan at Forest, after we signed him along with Forest first team goalkeeper Karl Darlow last summer.
Since Cook signed on at Bournemouth from Brighton in 201, he’s played 154 times with 9 goals and 5 assists for the Cherries, and last season he played 49 times with five goals and 2 assists.
Steve started his career at Brighton & Hove Albion and came through their Youth Academy, and he was on loan at various clubs such as Mansfield and Bournemouth before joining Bournemouth full time three years ago.
We don’t think Newcastle will sign a specialist right back this summer as a back-up to the impressive Daryl Janmaat, but rather sign somebody like Steve Cook who can play in multiple positions along the back four.
Steve Cook’s another Englishman and Newcastle could sign quite a few English players this summer, as the attention shifts away from recruiting form France.
The Sun is reporting that Steve Cook could even be Steve McClaren’s first signing for Newcastle, and obviously the new Newcastle head coach thinks highly of the player.
A couple of center-backs could be leaving Newcastle this summer, probably Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, or even Fabricio Coloccini.
But Newcastle may wan to keep the experienced Argentine on board for McClaren’s first season, and let him leave next summer as a free agent, when his contract is up – after eight years on Tyneside.
Young impressive Bournemouth manager Steve Howe cannot be too happy is he loses his first team center-back, before their first season in the Premier League.
What do you think?