Medical booked: Leeds secure £10m deal after breakthrough in talks
By Alex Stevens
Lewis Cook will undergo a medical at Bournemouth on Friday ahead of a £10million transfer from Leeds, according to a report.
As reported by Football Insider on Thursday night, Leeds have accepted a bid for the England Under-19 midfielder and he will now head to the Premier League club to finalise the move.
The Sun claim Bournemouth have agreed a £10million fee for the teenage central midfielder, which is made up of £6million, plus £4million of performance-related add-ons.
The 19-year-old will fly home from United’s pre-season tour of Ireland to complete the deal in the next 48 hours.
Eddie Howe’s move for the York-born academy graduate has been part of a busy early window for the south-coast club as they snap up some highly rated young players.
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They have already landed Emerson Hyndman from Fulham on a free transfer and have had a £15million bid for Jordon Ibe accepted by Liverpool.
Bournemouth have been tracking the player for 12 months and Leeds have now cashed in as the player has just 12 months remaining on his contract.
The deal comes in a blaze of Elland Road transfer activity that has seen the club sign Kemar Roofe, Matt Grimes, Rob Green and Hadi Sacko in the space of 48 hours.
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.