Reliable journalists claim Leeds are close to selling ace for £6m

By Tom Blackburn

Bournemouth are set to sign Leeds ace Lewis Cook for £6million, according to reports.

Cook has been linked with a number of moves away from Elland Road but Bournemouth appear to have won the race for the midfielder.

Journalists Jon Percy from the Telegraph and Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post claim the deal is well on its way to being done.

After months of speculation about where the youngster may end up, Leeds fans were boosted this week by the news that Cook had turned down a spot in the England under-19 squad to train with Leeds.

However, that news to appears to have meant little with a the signing now looking imminent.

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Cook, 19, was named the Football League Young Player of the Year last month after beating off competition from fellow nominees Fulham striker Mousa Dembele and Walsall left-back Rico Henry to land the coveted gong.

Cook followed in the footsteps of the 2015 winner Dele Alli, who has gone onto receive international honours and wide acclaim in his first season at Tottenham. Gareth Bale (2007) and Fabian Delph (2009) are also internationally recognised previous winners of the award.

The England Under-19, has been a mainstay of the Leeds team for the last two seasons, starting 41 of their 46 Championship matches in 2015/16 and providing further evidence of the potential that has made him a regular in the international set-up.

In other Leeds news, they have stepped up their summer spending spree by landing this 23-year-old for a seven-figure sum.