Chelsea are set to lock horns with Liverpool in a battle to sign Bournemouth midfielder, Lewis Cook.
Blues manager Frank Lampard is still keen on adding players to his ranks despite the club being under a transfer ban, and according to the Daily Mail, wants to sign the Cherries midfielder.
However, Chelsea face stiff competition from league leaders Liverpool, who are also thought to want to sign the former Leeds man.
Cook, who has been hampered by a number of injury problems since moving to the Vitality Stadium, fits the profile for Chelsea as manager Frank Lampard continues to show faith in young, English players.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are looking at potential new recruits with the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner heading towards the latter stages of their Premier League careers.
The report claims that both clubs will only look to move for Cook if he can rediscover his best form and prove his fitness in the current season as Eddie Howe looks to blood the midfielder back into playing regular football.
Cook played only 13 times last season as injuries yet again halted his chances of being a first-team regular. Still, he has been involved in the England set-up under Gareth Southgate and the former Leeds United man does appear to have some of the qualities to fit into the Blues’ midfield.
According to the report, they are attracted to his high-energy style, with the player actually compared to Reds skipper Henderson.
This season really could be make or break for him and Eddie Howe will be desperate to see the youngster get back to his best.
Cook could well find himself back among the England set-up if he can keep fit, which could see his profile rise even further amid this reported interest. According to a scout report on Cook by the Telegraph back in 2018, he could be a ‘scheming midfielder’ for club and country going forward, so it’s easy to see why big teams would be keen.
Still, perhaps for the player, it’d be better to focus on his fitness over the next few months given his lack of luck on that front in recent months.
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