Bournemouth have a defensive gem in the form of 23-year-old Steve Cook. His rise to prominence has attracted the interest of a number of clubs with the London Evening Standard believing Leicester City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion all want him.
Steve Cook began his career with the Brighton & Hove Albion youth academy and graduated to their first team but would only appear in 3 league fixtures. Like most young players nowadays he was loaned to a number of clubs including Havant & Waterlooville, Eastleigh, Eastbourne Borough, Mansfield Town and Bournemouth. At Bournemouth he impressed and was purchased permanently for £150,000 in January 2012.
In 2012/13 Bournemouth earned promotion from Football League One to the Championship and Cook played 33 matches in that campaign. Last season Bournemouth impressed in their first season back in the English second tier with Cook appearing in 38 of their 46 league ties, scoring 3 times. With 21 games in all competitions so far in 2014/15, he will have a chance to show what he is made of on the grand stage against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup Quarter Final.
Bournemouth are thought to value Cook at around £2m-£3m and the 6ft 1in centre-back could be considered a good option for Premier League clubs looking to take a bit of a risk. Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Brom are all languishing near the bottom of the table and could all do with defensive reinforcements. They have been known to be keeping tabs on Cook but for a man who has played in the Conference South, can he make the step up to the Premier League?