Steve Cook hopes Cherries stars stay


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Bournemouth defender Steve Cook feels the club can progress further and hopes they can keep hold of their star men this summer.

The Cherries finished in 14th spot in the Premier League table, 11 points clear of the bottom three, but could face a fight to stop their prize assets departing in the transfer window.

Winger Ryan Fraser appears to be in demand with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United said to be keen on the Scotland international, while David Brooks, Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson have all been linked with moves away.

Cook hopes Bournemouth can resist any offers for their top performers as he feels it is vital they keep their squad intact.

When asked how important it was for Bournemouth to keep hold of their stars, Cook told the Daily Echo: “It is huge. Obviously, we want to keep building, we want to keep our best players.

“It is a credit to players who have been linked with big clubs because they had good seasons but, hopefully, the club will carry on progressing, growing, keeping our best players and now we want to improve as a team rather than individuals going forward.”

Arsenal are rated at 26.00 to win the Premier League next season and Man United are available at 19.00, with Man City rated as the 1.70 favourites to claim the title for a third year in a row.

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