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By Su Collins

West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Bournemouth’s Steve Cook and are prepared to bid £7 million for the defender in the summer, according to The Daily Mail.

It is understood that the 25-year-old has attracted the attention of the Baggies boss Tony Pulis, who wishes to bring the centre-back to the Hawthorns in the summer.

Cook, who has played every minute for the Cherries so far this season, tops the rankings for most clearances in any of the top five leagues across Europe with 262 at an average of 9.7 per game.

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It is suggested that Pulis sees the English defender as a potential long-term successor to veteran centre-back Gareth McAuley, who despite being at the age of 37 is having a remarkable season.

West Brom have been eighth in the Premier League table for 11 consecutive weeks and will be looking to provide more depth to their squad in order to stay equally competitive next season.

They face seventh placed Everton away this weekend.