Wolves have turned their attentions to £2m-rated Bournemouth defender Steve Cook as their hopes of signing Harry Maguire appeared to recede today.
It’s understood Wolves are weighing up a seven-figure bid for the 23-year-old Cherries stopper, who ironically is in talks to extend his deal at Dean Court.
Cook, who is a left-sided centre-back, still has two years left on his current deal after penning a three-year contract last June.
He won’t come cheap either with Bournemouth in no hurry to sell following the £3m sale of striker Lewis Grabban to Norwich.
But head coach Kenny Jackett is ready to step in as their chase for Sheffield United’s Maguire appears to have reached a stalemate.
Hull City have now firmed up their interest in the 21-year-old Blades player of the year with an offer of around £1.5m.
That figure matches what Wolves have tabled, but United won’t budge in their valuation and are ready to play hardball and stick to their guns.
It’s understood the Tigers’ offer contains add-ons for appearance milestones.
But with Maguire seen as a ‘project’ who won’t be a regular in their team for some time yet, United would prefer the cash now.
Hastings-born Cook, who has been linked with Albion, Crystal Palace and Norwich, joined Bournemouth for £170,000 from Brighton in January 2012 and has made 97 League appearances for the south coast outfit, who he joined initially on loan from the Seagulls, his first club.
He started 38 of the Cherries’ 46 League games last season after being a regular in 2012-13 when he helped them to automatic promotion from League One.
Jackett is looking for increased competition in his back line to push Danny Batth and the long-serving Richard Stearman, who the club announced had signed a new two-year contract yesterday.
West Ham centre-back Jordan Spence is another player on Jackett’s radar.
Wolves are competing with Bournemouth for Coventry striker Callum Wilson and rivalling Bolton and Blackburn for Middlesbrough target man Lukas Jutkiewicz.
The Cherries have made two bids for the 22-year-old Wilson, while Wolves’ interest has also been confirmed in the marksman, who was the Sky Blues’ 22-goal top scorer last season.
Two other clubs have also lodged interest in Wilson.