CELTIC manager-in-waiting Eddie Howe will target Bournemouth captain Steve Cook as one of his key summer season transfers.
Cook was a defensive warrior for Howe at the Vigor Stadium during the Cherries’ increase from League One to the top flight.
And the 29-year-old, approaching 400 video games for Bournemouth over ten years, will be available on a totally free as his contract is up in June.
The unflinching Cook was related to West Ham last October however stayed put as the Cherries attempt to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
They are presently simply outside the Championship play-off zone.
The feeling is Cook will leave if they stop working to return up, but even with promotion he could find it hard to decline a Howe reunion at Celtic.
The Hoops squad will need an overhaul in the summer, with four loan gamers going back to their clubs, plus the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Kris Ajer and Ryan Christie potentially carrying on and captain Scott Brown heading to Aberdeen.
They are specifically threadbare at centre-half, with Christopher Jullien not anticipated to play again up until the end of the year and youngster Stephen Welsh and the injury-prone Nir Bitton the only other choices.
Cook could even be seen by Howe as Celtic’s next captain.
SunSport has actually been initially all week with developments at Parkhead, including the sensational relocation for the highly-rated 43-year-old to change Neil Lennon.
We revealed Howe had actually been sounded out and suggested his interest in the position.
Then we divulged his in person meeting with significant shareholder Dermot Desmond and outbound president Peter Lawwell in London.
SunSport also specifically reported that Howe had actually concurred in principle to being the new Hoops manager, subject to finer information being ironed out, consisting of assurances on a transfer kitty and authority over selecting his backroom personnel.
The Celtic hierarchy are positive they can reveal him this week.
Secret to Howe coming north is existing Bournemouth technical director and close friend Richard Hughes joining him at Parkhead.
The five-times capped ex-Scotland midfielder is believed to be drawn in by the difficulty of battling the title back from Rangers.
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