Eddie Howe visited Elland Road last night, to scout Leeds starlet Lewis Cook, as the Bournemouth boss starts to prepare for the summer transfer window.
The Leeds midfielder is believed to have a £10 million price-tag, as the Championship club look to fend off any interest for the centre-midfielder.
Eddie Howe went to watch the England under-19 international yesterday, and wasn’t disappointed by the youngsters’ performance. Leeds beat Wolves 2-1 in last night’s match, and Cook bossed the midfield with his passing ability, but also his skilful runs forward was lethal for the oppositions’ defence too. Cook assisted Toumani Diagouraga for the opening goal in the match, and also nearly set up Jordan Botaka later on in the game, after a tremendous run by the 19-year-old from his own half, was nearly finished by a superb strike by Botaka, which unfortunately smashed off the crossbar instead of the net.
Cook was awarded the Football League’s Young Player of the Year award on Sunday night, after another impressive season playing in the Championship, for mid-table side Leeds United. Eddie Howe failed with a bid for the midfielder back in January, and although Leeds hung onto one of their young starlets, they couldn’t prevent the sale of right-back Sam Byram, who moved to West Ham for £3.7 million.
After another season of mid-table security for the Yorkshire side, they may be forced to let go of another player who has come through the academy, with big interest from Premier League clubs. However, with the clear interest shown by Bournemouth for Lewis Cook, they have put themselves ahead in the race to sign the Championship star, as they look to regain their position to sign the future under-21 England international.
Premier League football beckons for Leeds prodigy Lewis Cook, but will he look for a move in the summer to a club like Bournemouth, or will stay at Leeds, and try and get them back into the Premier League?