Report: Watford want to sign Bournemouth centre-back Steve Cook

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo in action with Bournemouth's Steve Cook

AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook is said to be interesting Watford.

Bournemouth's Steve Cook celebrates scoring their thirdSteve Cook celebrates scoring Bournemouth's third goal in the 4-3 win against Liverpool

Watford want to sign Bournemouth central defender Steve Cook in the summer, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that the Hornets have been impressed by the 26-year-old's displays this season and would like to bring him to Vicarage Road as a result.

Watford are not short of centre-halves but could certainly do with getting younger at the position as Younes Kaboul, Adrian Mariappa, Sebastian Prodl and Miguel Britos will all be in their 30s when next season begins.

Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele, the latter of whom has been used only sparingly since arriving last summer, are 28 and 26 respectively.

Watford's Younes Kaboul looks dejectedCook has shown durability that the likes of Younes Kaboul can't rival

While Cook may well make sense as a signing for Watford, despite being a key component of the Premier League’s third most leaky defence, whether he would be interested in the move remains to be seen.

He is settled at Bournemouth, having been at the club for six seasons now dating back to their time in League One, and signed a contract extension last May to keep him at the Vitality Stadium until 2019.

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo in action with Bournemouth's Steve CookCook has never been capped by England

Cook is also a key member of the team, playing every minute of their Premier League campaign this term.

Given the Cherries sit just two points behind Watford, three places worse off, it would also be hard to argue the move is a step forward.

The Sun has previously linked Cook with a move to Everton while West Brom are also keeping tabs on him, said The Daily Mail last month.

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