Bournemouth target their next Lewis Cook: Jack Clarke

According to Football Insider, Bournemouth are keen to make some big improvements to their squad this summer with a double swoop for Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke, who have excelled in the Whites’ bid for promotion to the Premier League.

If Marcelo Bielsa’s side fail to make it out of the Championship, they will surely be battening down the hatches as a number of clubs come calling for their stars. Both players would be great additions for the Cherries, but the comparison to be drawn with Lewis Cook makes a move for Clarke stand out.

What’s the word?

Well, Football Insider reports that the Cherries are keen to bring the pair to the south coast regardless of whether Leeds win promotion to the top flight, although the Peacocks’ failure to do so would surely be a massive boost to the Vitality Stadium outfit in their pursuit.

Bournemouth’s policy of buying exciting British starlets has seen them bring the likes of David Brooks, Dominic Solanke and Jordon Ibe to the club in recent seasons but 18-year-old Clarke would be by far the youngest player to trade his current surroundings for Bournemouth’s beaches.

Having also signed former Leeds prospect Cook after the midfielder broke through to the first team from the academy to become a regular starter, Bournemouth could be set for deja-vu in their hunt for Clarke.

Clarke the next Cook?

The young winger has surely caught the eye of a number of top clubs this season having chalked up two goals and two assists for the Elland Road outfit and, despite the forward having made just 19 league appearances, Bournemouth have seen enough to be convinced of his potential.

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When Eddie Howe brought Cook to the Vitality Stadium in 2016, the then-19-year-old had already chalked up 85 appearances for Leeds but had only scored as many goals as Clarke has in over four-times as many games – clearly, Clarke is one for the future and could give the likes of Ryan Fraser some real competition down the left in the coming years.

Cook has been a massive hit at Bournemouth despite injuries, impressing with his passing range – could Clarke follow in his fellow Yorkshireman’s footsteps? Let us know in the comments below.