Chelsea and Liverpool are both keeping tabs on Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook, according to the Daily Mail. The England international was out for nine months with a knee ligament injury and the two clubs are said to be watching his comeback with interest.
Both teams see Cook’s attributes as ideal for their midfields. He has leadership ability after capaining England at youth level, he possesses the energy to play a high pressing game, and he has the passing range needed to play in a team battling for honours.
Cook made his return to action in the 3-1 win over Everton last month but he has been restricted to substitute appearances in recent weeks. He did feature in the 2-0 defeat to Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup at the back end of last month, but he did not get off the bench against Arsenal in the Cherries’ last game before the international break.
If the 22-year-old does begin to play more regularly, though, it is believed both Chelsea and Liverpool will consider bids. The Blues’ transfer ban means that will only likely happen next summer.