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Report: Eddie Howe Wants To Bring Key Bournemouth Man To Celtic

Report: Eddie Howe Wants To Bring Key Bournemouth Man To Celtic

After a number of uncertain weeks, it looks as though Celtic are finally closing in on their next managerial appointment.

The club are currently in talks with former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, with the two sides thought to be close to finalising the deal. Should the Englishman make the move to Glasgow, he will have quite the rebuilding job on his hands.

Celtic's form has fallen off a cliff this season, with the club now looking well behind city rivals Rangers in the quest for domestic dominance.

They will certainly need to strengthen this summer if they are to have any chance of reclaiming the league title next season, and it looks as though Howe already has a target in mind.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that Howe is keen to bring Bournemouth defender Steve Cook with him to Celtic, a player he knows well having worked with him for eight seasons at the Championship club.

Celtic are certainly in need of some defensive reinforcements. Shane Duffy was thought to be the man to solve their issues in that area, but the Ireland international has struggled greatly since his move to Glasgow. His loan deal is unlikely to be made permanent this summer, with 29-year old Cook an experienced alternative.

Captain of Bournemouth since Howe's time at the club, he has made almost 400 appearances for the side he first joined in 2012.

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It remains to be seen how keen he would be to move this summer. Bournemouth are currently involved in the Championship play-off race and you'd imagine a transfer would be far less likely if they did manage to return to the Premier League.

However, linking up with Howe once again would certainly be an appealing prospect.

The 43-year old has reportedly been promised a sizeable transfer kitty by Celtic should he move to the club, with Cook likely to be one of his primary targets.

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Gary Connaughton

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