Tottenham turn to £30million Liverpool target to fill Dembele void

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly eyeing a £30million raid for Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook, who is also a target for Liverpool.

The 21-year-old had an outstanding campaign with Eddie Howe’s side last season and caught the eye of a number of the Premier League’s big clubs.

Pochettino has yet to make a summer signing and it would appear that Spurs may have been beaten to the punch to land Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish, prompting them to move for Cook before the transfer window shuts next Thursday, according to the Daily Star.

Cook captained England to Under-20 World Cup glory last summer and was on standby for Gareth Southgate’s senior squad in Russia this time around.

He is under contract until the summer of 2020 and the Cherries are keen to tie the player down to a bumper new deal, having paid Leeds just £7million to land Cook in 2016.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is also a known admirer of the Yorkshireman, who played 33 games last season, although Cherries skipper Simon Francis says it would take a big fee to prise Cook away from the south coast.

Francis said: “If clubs were in for Lewis Cook now, you would be looking at £20m or £30m.”

As for Tottenham, they are chasing at least one and maybe two central midfielders this summer, with Mousa Dembele being strongly tipped to move on, while they also have injury concerns over Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks ahead of the start of the new season.


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