By Richard Parks
Liverpool are interested in signing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook after watching him since his Leeds United days, according to a report.
The Sun claim manager Jurgen Klopp has “identified £20million Lewis Cook as a potential replacement for Emre Can” this summer.
It is said that scouts from the Merseysiders have been keeping close tabs on Cook during his two seasons at Bournemouth.
Can’s contract is due to expire at the end of the current season and he is poised to join Italian giant Juventus on a free transfer.
The Sun report that Liverpool have tracked Cook since he left boyhood club Leeds in the summer of 2016 to move to the Cherries for a fee of around £6million, according to the Mail.
Cook made just six league appearances in his debut season, partly due to injury, but has impressed in Eddie Howe’s team this seasonas they attempt to keep themselves away from the tight relegation scrap at the bottom of the Premier League.
The Elland Road academy product also impressed in helping England to victory in the Under-20 World Cup out in South Korea last year, becoming the first English captain to lift a world trophy since Bobby Moore in 1966.
Football Insider verdict:
Cook was destined for huge things during his Leeds days, playing way above his age group as he graduated through the youth ranks and making 80 senior appearances before he quit for Bournemouth in the summer of 2016. His influence has grown in central midfield and he has been integral to the Cherries’ recent revival, including a 2-1 home win over Arsenal and the 3-0 victory at Chelsea. He has settled into a dynamic midfield position and his progress has already been noted by Gareth Southgate, who called up Cook to the senior squad for the friendly against Brazil in November. Unsurprisingly, Cook’s value has rocketed by £14million in the last 18 months. Liverpool would be a step up, but he has the quality to achieve it.
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