Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Steve Cook in January.
According to the Sun, Eddie Howe is looking at his former Bournemouth player if his new side can’t sign James Tarkowski or Ben Mee from Burnley.
The report adds that Howe wants to add Premier League experience when the transfer window opens.
Cook certainly has that, playing a big part in the incredible Bournemouth journey that was orchestrated by Howe.
But the dream died in 2020 when the Cherries were relegated to the Championship. Howe would leave Dean Court, but Cook remained.
While Howe has been reunited with Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie at St James’ Park, signing Cook is a Bournemouth reunion we don’t need.
Steve Cook would be like a Mike Ashley signing for Newcastle
It’s obvious Newcastle need defensive reinforcements in January. We’ve conceded more goals than anyone else in the league, shipping another four on Sunday to Leicester.
Our current defenders aren’t good enough, and Howe will be desperate to add some quality centre-backs next month.
But Cook isn’t the answer.
After captaining the Cherries last season, Cook has fallen out of favour as well as suffering injury woes. He only made his first Championship appearance of the season on November 27th. He’s started Bournemouth’s last three games, returning to the side in the middle of a winless run for Scott Parker.
An ageing Championship defender is not what Newcastle need right now. We’ve already got players like that.
The Magpies need something fresh. We’ve been linked with Sven Botman, who would be an exciting signing for the present and the future.
But bringing in Cook would be reminiscent of the old Newcastle. It’s a signing you’d expect the club to have made during the Mike Ashley era.
He’d be a short-term answer to a major problem, but he would be far from the solution.
While we are in a difficult position, we have to be more ambitious. Even if we’re looking at Championship players, there are better options available.
Even Cook’s Bournemouth teammate Lloyd Kelly would be more exciting – another player we’ve been linked with.
Howe might know Cook well, but that doesn’t mean he’s suited to what we need right now. He would be a shocking signing that would fail to inspire even the most optimistic Newcastle fan.