Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a bid to make Bournemouth AFC midfielder Lewis Cook their first signing of the summer, according to The Daily Mirror.
Throughout the transfer window, Spurs have been reportedly close to signing Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish although their hopes of completing a deal seem to be fading.
The West Midlands club are now in a much stronger position under new ownership than they were when Tottenham first declared an interest and recent reports claim Chelsea are planning to make a late bid for the 22-year-old themselves.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, still to make a signing just one week before the transfer window closes, has therefore turned his attention elsewhere as he looks to strengthen his midfield.
He wants to add numbers to his squad with Harry Winks still unavailable due to injury, Heung-Min Son set to miss matches playing for South Korea, and to give his side the best chance of competing domestically and in Europe this season.
The Mirror reports that he is preparing a bid for around £30 million for England international Cook, which will severely test Bournemouth’s resolve.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season last term, featuring 29 times in the Premier League and earning an England cap against Italy in March.
Cook has swiftly risen to prominence having captained his country to glory in the Under-20 World Cup last summer.
Although he failed to make the cut for Gareth Southgate’s Russia 2018 squad, he was on the standby list.
Contracted to Bournemouth until 2020, the club will not want to lose Cook but may be tempted if Tottenham stump up the sort of money The Mirror claims they are considering.
However, a move this late in the window would give manager Eddie Howe little time to bring in a replacement and he may only let Cook leave if he feels his squad can manage without him or an offer is too good to refuse.