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Report: West Ham could sign 29-year-old club captain before extended transfer deadline

According to a report from the Daily Star, West Ham are lining up a move for Bournemouth captain Steve Cook before next week’s deadline.

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Hammers boss David Moyes clearly wants to bring in a centre-back before the extended transfer deadline next week.

The Scot tried, and failed, to bring numerous top class centre-backs to the London Stadium throughout the summer.

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We now look extremely weak in the central defensive department.

And the Daily Star reckon that West Ham could look to bring Bournemouth centre-back Steve Cook to the London Stadium before next week’s extended deadline.


The 29-year-old made 29 Premier League appearances for the Cherries last season. In those outings he averaged 0.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions, 5.2 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. In those games Cook won an average of four aerial duals per match (Who Scored).

Steve Cook (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Bournemouth man is clearly a decent, strong tackling and battle hardened defender.

But surely we can do better than Cook. He is 29 after all. And West Ham bringing him to the London Stadium would reek of a total lack of ambition.

We have to face up to the reality of our current situation, however. David Sullivan clearly doesn’t want to spend a substantial amount of money.

And perhaps someone like Steve Cook is actually the best we can hope for. Sounds depressing eh?

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