Watford and QPR in hunt for Bouremouth star Cook - sources

By Wayne Veysey

20th Dec, 2021 | 7:30am

Sources: Watford and QPR set sights on Bournemouth star Cook

Watford and Queens Park Rangers are chasing Bournemouth defender Steve Cook in the January window, Football Insider understands.

Premier League strugglers Watford and Championship promotion hopefuls QPR have targeted the 30-year-old to bolster their defences in the upcoming window.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the two clubs are keen to lure Cook for a cut-price fee now he has entered the final six months of his Bournemouth deal.

Cook has been subject to interest from several clubs looking to improve their defence.

He has not been a regular in Scott Parker’s side this season, but he put in a man-of-the-match performance against league leaders Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier this month.

Club captain Cook is the longest-serving member of the Bournemouth squad playing a key role for the Cherries in their rise from League One to the Premier League.

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He has made over 380 appearances for Bournemouth.

However, just four of those have come this season with Cook failing to make a Championship matchday squad until mid-November.

He had featured in the Cherries’ last three league games before dropping back to the bench for Saturday’s (18 December) loss to Middlesbrough.

Watford sit two points from safety and have games in hand on two of the three sides below them in the table.

The Hornets are one of only four teams to have conceded more than 30 goals in the league so far this season.

Only Leeds, Newcastle and Norwich have conceded more.

Claudio Ranieri still only has one win as Watford boss to his name ahead of the January window.

Meanwhile, QPR sit fifth in the Championship as they continue to impress this season.

In other news, a source has shared a major update on Tottenham’s bid to sign a Premier League star as Paratici talks lined up.