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AFC Bournemouth star Steve Cook: I want to play in the Premier League while I'm here

Bournemouth Echo: DEFENSIVE LINCHPIN: Cherries' Steve Cook DEFENSIVE LINCHPIN: Cherries' Steve Cook

CHERRIES star Steve Cook admits transfer speculation is “flattering” but insists he wants to realise his Premier League dream during his time at Dean Court.

Cook is expected to be one of a number of the club’s leading lights to be linked with a move this summer following an impressive debut campaign in the Championship.

The classy defender, who is under contract to Cherries until 2016, turned in a succession of eye-catching performances as Eddie Howe’s men finished 10th in the second flight.

A £170,000 signing from Brighton in January 2012, Cook’s displays saw him linked with Crystal Palace, West Brom and Norwich – with Eagles boss Tony Pulis believed to be a firm admirer.

However, despite the interest, Cook, who made 39 appearances during his second full season as a professional, believes Cherries can help him fulfil his boyhood ambition.

In an interview with the Daily Echo, Cook said: “I think it is inevitable that some of our players will be linked with other clubs after the excellent season we have had. Bournemouth has always attracted interest from other clubs and you only have to see how many players have left in the past.

“But times have changed now and I don’t see any reason why the club would need to sell players because it is only going in one direction. Hopefully, next season we can build on the past couple of months and be where I think we should have been this season. The play-offs and maybe pushing for automatic promotion has to be the aim.

“There is always going to be speculation but, whether anything happens or not, is yet to be seen. As a player, you want to perform well in every game and you want to impress. If you do that and it gets you linked with higher-level clubs then it is flattering.

“The manager has said we should take it as a compliment and, from my perspective, I do. But everyone in this squad wants to play in the Premier League and, hopefully, it can be for this club. It is every boy’s dream to play in the top flight and we want to be pushing for promotion next season.”

Cook, who turned 23 last month, collected the Cherries goal-of-the-season award at the club’s annual presentation evening on Sunday following his spectacular overhead kick during the 2-2 draw at Ipswich on Easter Monday. He received his prize from special guest Tony Cottee, one of manager Howe’s boyhood heroes.

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8:43am Tue 6 May 14

canfordcherry says...

We would love you to play in the Prem while you're here too!
We would love you to play in the Prem while you're here too! canfordcherry
  • Score: 13

9:29am Tue 6 May 14

Fanfor45 says...

It is sad that somewhere in the Echo offices there must be a button to press at the end of a football season. It has the label "Nothing else to write about?- Push to start the transfer speculation". We will inevitably endure much more of this before the new season starts so, steel yourselves for it and take no notice. Up the Cherries!!!
It is sad that somewhere in the Echo offices there must be a button to press at the end of a football season. It has the label "Nothing else to write about?- Push to start the transfer speculation". We will inevitably endure much more of this before the new season starts so, steel yourselves for it and take no notice. Up the Cherries!!! Fanfor45
  • Score: 6

10:54am Tue 6 May 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

IN REALITY, . if you want to guarantee yourself a place in the Premiership you have to accept the invitation to move up. . . ONE could play for AFC BMTH for the next 10 years and still not make it to the top flight. . . . It all depends on how contented a player is at a Championship club.
IN REALITY, . if you want to guarantee yourself a place in the Premiership you have to accept the invitation to move up. . . ONE could play for AFC BMTH for the next 10 years and still not make it to the top flight. . . . It all depends on how contented a player is at a Championship club. RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: -7

12:26pm Tue 6 May 14

c0ckbeard says...

I think one of the things that all these youngsters can do is look up at Fletch, see how adored he is and what rewards his loyalty has brought him. And on the flip side, how Eddies career failed to take off due to bad luck with injuries, a transfer is no guarantee of success
I think one of the things that all these youngsters can do is look up at Fletch, see how adored he is and what rewards his loyalty has brought him. And on the flip side, how Eddies career failed to take off due to bad luck with injuries, a transfer is no guarantee of success c0ckbeard
  • Score: 3

1:33pm Tue 6 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

Sounds like a come and get me statement !

Let us be realistic shall we ? If any Prem club comes in for any of our players we will be very lucky to retain them. We all want top flight football for our club and I genuinely believe that is what the current board and chairman are striving for, however this season would have been a season too early and I feel that with one or two of the right signings we can push on next season.
No matter how big the club is with the biggest ambition in the world, if the right price arrives and the player wants to go then that is it, he goes.

All clubs are selling clubs in those circumstances, just look at Ronaldo when he went, Gareth Bale, Van Persie, if the deal is right and the player wants to move then no club is an exception not even ours.

As long as you replace what you lose then life goes on.

U T C I A D.
Sounds like a come and get me statement ! Let us be realistic shall we ? If any Prem club comes in for any of our players we will be very lucky to retain them. We all want top flight football for our club and I genuinely believe that is what the current board and chairman are striving for, however this season would have been a season too early and I feel that with one or two of the right signings we can push on next season. No matter how big the club is with the biggest ambition in the world, if the right price arrives and the player wants to go then that is it, he goes. All clubs are selling clubs in those circumstances, just look at Ronaldo when he went, Gareth Bale, Van Persie, if the deal is right and the player wants to move then no club is an exception not even ours. As long as you replace what you lose then life goes on. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 12

1:46pm Tue 6 May 14

nickynoodah says...

DREAM ON
DREAM ON nickynoodah
  • Score: -8

1:52pm Tue 6 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

nickynoodah wrote:
DREAM ON
And what particular dream would that be, hmmm ?

If you would like to disagree with what I've said then please elaborate.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: DREAM ON[/p][/quote]And what particular dream would that be, hmmm ? If you would like to disagree with what I've said then please elaborate. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 1

2:37pm Tue 6 May 14

smhinto says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
Sounds like a come and get me statement ! Let us be realistic shall we ? If any Prem club comes in for any of our players we will be very lucky to retain them. We all want top flight football for our club and I genuinely believe that is what the current board and chairman are striving for, however this season would have been a season too early and I feel that with one or two of the right signings we can push on next season. No matter how big the club is with the biggest ambition in the world, if the right price arrives and the player wants to go then that is it, he goes. All clubs are selling clubs in those circumstances, just look at Ronaldo when he went, Gareth Bale, Van Persie, if the deal is right and the player wants to move then no club is an exception not even ours. As long as you replace what you lose then life goes on. U T C I A D.
Agree - It is highly likely that we are going to lose maybe two of our squad during the summer. Every player has their price regardless of what the club states.
.
However, it must be the right move and club for the player, otherwise even the likes of Grabban and Cooke, for example should they move into the Premiership could find themselves on the bench and first team opportunities could be limited. This I believe would be a backward step.
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a come and get me statement ! Let us be realistic shall we ? If any Prem club comes in for any of our players we will be very lucky to retain them. We all want top flight football for our club and I genuinely believe that is what the current board and chairman are striving for, however this season would have been a season too early and I feel that with one or two of the right signings we can push on next season. No matter how big the club is with the biggest ambition in the world, if the right price arrives and the player wants to go then that is it, he goes. All clubs are selling clubs in those circumstances, just look at Ronaldo when he went, Gareth Bale, Van Persie, if the deal is right and the player wants to move then no club is an exception not even ours. As long as you replace what you lose then life goes on. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Agree - It is highly likely that we are going to lose maybe two of our squad during the summer. Every player has their price regardless of what the club states. . However, it must be the right move and club for the player, otherwise even the likes of Grabban and Cooke, for example should they move into the Premiership could find themselves on the bench and first team opportunities could be limited. This I believe would be a backward step. smhinto
  • Score: 8

2:59pm Tue 6 May 14

Square Old Codger says...

Very worthy seniments , hopefully shared by others, I would love to see the Club keeping all its up and coming young players, but listening to the Chairman on Solent this morning about the Club's financial state - in relation to the Financial Fair Play Rules as applied to the Championship was concerned - what if we ( and a number of other Clubs) aren't able to get the regulations eased? Whilst good progress is being made in reducing the deficit we are in breach of the rules at this time , would we be compelled to sell players to ensure compliance. With it seems several other Clubs in a similar position , let us hope that common sense wins out and a longer time span given..
Very worthy seniments , hopefully shared by others, I would love to see the Club keeping all its up and coming young players, but listening to the Chairman on Solent this morning about the Club's financial state - in relation to the Financial Fair Play Rules as applied to the Championship was concerned - what if we ( and a number of other Clubs) aren't able to get the regulations eased? Whilst good progress is being made in reducing the deficit we are in breach of the rules at this time , would we be compelled to sell players to ensure compliance. With it seems several other Clubs in a similar position , let us hope that common sense wins out and a longer time span given.. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 5

3:48pm Tue 6 May 14

Square Old Codger says...

At 23 time is very much on his side and he would benefit from at least one more season with Eddie and Jason, this applies too, to a number of our younger players. But listening to our Chairman this morning talking about the Fair Play rules in the Championship and our non compliance this Season and the need for a change in the present rules to give more time for both us and many other Clubs to adjust and improve our financial position, I wondered whether we would be compelled to sell players to comply with the rules in the event that their campaign isn't sucessful and common sense doesn't prevail. The "audit" by the FA is due this autumn.
At 23 time is very much on his side and he would benefit from at least one more season with Eddie and Jason, this applies too, to a number of our younger players. But listening to our Chairman this morning talking about the Fair Play rules in the Championship and our non compliance this Season and the need for a change in the present rules to give more time for both us and many other Clubs to adjust and improve our financial position, I wondered whether we would be compelled to sell players to comply with the rules in the event that their campaign isn't sucessful and common sense doesn't prevail. The "audit" by the FA is due this autumn. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 5

4:39pm Tue 6 May 14

YafcbY says...

This is interesting. Possibly future away from Dean Court? Considering how large the site is surely there is room for development!! http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/0/football/27
297882
This is interesting. Possibly future away from Dean Court? Considering how large the site is surely there is room for development!! http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/27 297882 YafcbY
  • Score: 1

4:42pm Tue 6 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

smhinto wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
Sounds like a come and get me statement ! Let us be realistic shall we ? If any Prem club comes in for any of our players we will be very lucky to retain them. We all want top flight football for our club and I genuinely believe that is what the current board and chairman are striving for, however this season would have been a season too early and I feel that with one or two of the right signings we can push on next season. No matter how big the club is with the biggest ambition in the world, if the right price arrives and the player wants to go then that is it, he goes. All clubs are selling clubs in those circumstances, just look at Ronaldo when he went, Gareth Bale, Van Persie, if the deal is right and the player wants to move then no club is an exception not even ours. As long as you replace what you lose then life goes on. U T C I A D.
Agree - It is highly likely that we are going to lose maybe two of our squad during the summer. Every player has their price regardless of what the club states.
.
However, it must be the right move and club for the player, otherwise even the likes of Grabban and Cooke, for example should they move into the Premiership could find themselves on the bench and first team opportunities could be limited. This I believe would be a backward step.
Agree with all of that especially that every player has their price no matter who they are or what club they hail.

It would be pointless to go and warm the bench unless you have no ambition or self respect

The premiership is full of players that have chased the" MONEY" and done no better than gone out on loan or the reserves.

I am not saying whether Cooke is good enough or not because I am not actually sure but he is young enough and has the basis of a top top player and it would be a shame to lose him.

As far as Grabban goes he has proved himself that he is a top prospect and it is up to him how far he goes.
He appears dedicated and focused and there for he could do it as again he is young enough to still adapt and learn.

U T C I A D
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a come and get me statement ! Let us be realistic shall we ? If any Prem club comes in for any of our players we will be very lucky to retain them. We all want top flight football for our club and I genuinely believe that is what the current board and chairman are striving for, however this season would have been a season too early and I feel that with one or two of the right signings we can push on next season. No matter how big the club is with the biggest ambition in the world, if the right price arrives and the player wants to go then that is it, he goes. All clubs are selling clubs in those circumstances, just look at Ronaldo when he went, Gareth Bale, Van Persie, if the deal is right and the player wants to move then no club is an exception not even ours. As long as you replace what you lose then life goes on. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Agree - It is highly likely that we are going to lose maybe two of our squad during the summer. Every player has their price regardless of what the club states. . However, it must be the right move and club for the player, otherwise even the likes of Grabban and Cooke, for example should they move into the Premiership could find themselves on the bench and first team opportunities could be limited. This I believe would be a backward step.[/p][/quote]Agree with all of that especially that every player has their price no matter who they are or what club they hail. It would be pointless to go and warm the bench unless you have no ambition or self respect The premiership is full of players that have chased the" MONEY" and done no better than gone out on loan or the reserves. I am not saying whether Cooke is good enough or not because I am not actually sure but he is young enough and has the basis of a top top player and it would be a shame to lose him. As far as Grabban goes he has proved himself that he is a top prospect and it is up to him how far he goes. He appears dedicated and focused and there for he could do it as again he is young enough to still adapt and learn. U T C I A D coops1965cherry
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Tue 6 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

YafcbY wrote:
This is interesting. Possibly future away from Dean Court? Considering how large the site is surely there is room for development!! http://www.bbc.co.uk

/sport/0/football/27

297882
Mostyn also says another season of success in the Championship will eventually lead to questions over their future at the Goldsands Stadium.
The ground is currently leased while further expansion of the site could prove difficult.
"We have to be sensible," he said. "Do we want to buy back a ground that leaves very little room for extension?
"The economics of what we pay by rent is extremely appealing to Maxim and the board. We are not being overcharged.
"What we need to do is keep our options open. If we can improve next season then we need to have a serious look at what we can do in terms of expanding the existing stadium with the support of the council, or ultimately there may have to be another alternative."
[quote][p][bold]YafcbY[/bold] wrote: This is interesting. Possibly future away from Dean Court? Considering how large the site is surely there is room for development!! http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/27 297882[/p][/quote]Mostyn also says another season of success in the Championship will eventually lead to questions over their future at the Goldsands Stadium. The ground is currently leased while further expansion of the site could prove difficult. "We have to be sensible," he said. "Do we want to buy back a ground that leaves very little room for extension? "The economics of what we pay by rent is extremely appealing to Maxim and the board. We are not being overcharged. "What we need to do is keep our options open. If we can improve next season then we need to have a serious look at what we can do in terms of expanding the existing stadium with the support of the council, or ultimately there may have to be another alternative." coops1965cherry
  • Score: 3

5:37pm Tue 6 May 14

golfer33 says...

I feel we are just a good championship team like 15 other teams.
No need to get above ourselves, if players want to move on, then let them go.
Its a steady progress to the top, lets take one step at time.
I would also love to see us concede less goals next season.
I feel we are just a good championship team like 15 other teams. No need to get above ourselves, if players want to move on, then let them go. Its a steady progress to the top, lets take one step at time. I would also love to see us concede less goals next season. golfer33
  • Score: 2

5:40pm Tue 6 May 14

Nat1234 says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
YafcbY wrote:
This is interesting. Possibly future away from Dean Court? Considering how large the site is surely there is room for development!! http://www.bbc.co.uk


/sport/0/football/27


297882
Mostyn also says another season of success in the Championship will eventually lead to questions over their future at the Goldsands Stadium.
The ground is currently leased while further expansion of the site could prove difficult.
"We have to be sensible," he said. "Do we want to buy back a ground that leaves very little room for extension?
"The economics of what we pay by rent is extremely appealing to Maxim and the board. We are not being overcharged.
"What we need to do is keep our options open. If we can improve next season then we need to have a serious look at what we can do in terms of expanding the existing stadium with the support of the council, or ultimately there may have to be another alternative."
It won't be the same , not having our ground in kings park .. It would be a sad day ..... But if that's the case , then so be it ..
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YafcbY[/bold] wrote: This is interesting. Possibly future away from Dean Court? Considering how large the site is surely there is room for development!! http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/27 297882[/p][/quote]Mostyn also says another season of success in the Championship will eventually lead to questions over their future at the Goldsands Stadium. The ground is currently leased while further expansion of the site could prove difficult. "We have to be sensible," he said. "Do we want to buy back a ground that leaves very little room for extension? "The economics of what we pay by rent is extremely appealing to Maxim and the board. We are not being overcharged. "What we need to do is keep our options open. If we can improve next season then we need to have a serious look at what we can do in terms of expanding the existing stadium with the support of the council, or ultimately there may have to be another alternative."[/p][/quote]It won't be the same , not having our ground in kings park .. It would be a sad day ..... But if that's the case , then so be it .. Nat1234
  • Score: 3

8:52pm Tue 6 May 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Rumour that Burnley are weighing up a bid for Cooke as a replacement for veteran Michael Duff.

Cooke may be tempted if he is promised a regular Premier League start.
Rumour that Burnley are weighing up a bid for Cooke as a replacement for veteran Michael Duff. Cooke may be tempted if he is promised a regular Premier League start. ReluctantNicko
  • Score: 0

11:48pm Tue 6 May 14

ASM says...

i am surprised that the speculation isn't about matt ritchie, I would have thought he would be our most sought after player
i am surprised that the speculation isn't about matt ritchie, I would have thought he would be our most sought after player ASM
  • Score: 1

6:36am Wed 7 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

ASM wrote:
i am surprised that the speculation isn't about matt ritchie, I would have thought he would be our most sought after player
When I saw a comment yesterday about Surman giving the ball away a lot I'm surprised that no one has levelled that accusation at Ritchie. I think Matt has had a mixed season compared to his previous two and hope to see him at his consistent best in August, stunning player when he's on top of his game.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: i am surprised that the speculation isn't about matt ritchie, I would have thought he would be our most sought after player[/p][/quote]When I saw a comment yesterday about Surman giving the ball away a lot I'm surprised that no one has levelled that accusation at Ritchie. I think Matt has had a mixed season compared to his previous two and hope to see him at his consistent best in August, stunning player when he's on top of his game. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

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