CHERRIES' rising star Lewis Cook could be a summer transfer target for Premier League rivals Liverpool, claims a report.

The Sun suggests Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is lining up Cook as a potential replacement for Emre Can.

Can's contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he is poised to join Italian giant Juventus on a free transfer.

According to the report, Liverpool scouts have been monitoring midfielder Cook throughout the season.

A £7million buy from Leeds in July 2016, Cook earned a surprise call-up to the England senior squad in November after a stellar 2017 at international level.

He captained England under-20s to World Cup glory in South Korea in the summer before making the seamless transition into Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21 set-up.

After impressing in that age group, Southgate decided to draft the Cherries midfielder into his senior squad for a friendly against Brazil when he was an unused substitute.

Speaking to the Daily Echo recently, Cook said: “It was good to be there with England and experience it.

"I didn’t get on the pitch but it is something to work hard and strive for, something which every English player wants.”

England boss Gareth Southgate saw Cook at close quarters when he watched Cherries' 4-1 defeat by Huddersfield earlier this month.