Comment by Will Butcher
Leeds wonderkid Lewis Cook is all set to join Bournemouth in a deal that could rise to £10million.
The 19-year-old has had another sensational year at Elland Road, starring in what has been a mediocre season for the Yorkshire side.
The Sun claim that Leeds will receive £6million plus £4million of performance related add-ons. With this money, Garry Monk’s side are getting a good deal considering Cook has just 12 months remaining on his contract.
The England under-19 international is the heartbeat of Leeds’ midfield, but, with the right investment Monk can mount a serious assault on the Championship big boys.
Cook was always likely to leave. He’s already churning out performances that are worthy of Premier League stature in a side that are beneath him, and at such a young age it’s no surprise that a top-flight came calling.
A good comparison is Fabian Delph – despite a turbulent start at Aston Villa, where he was signed for a similar fee, Delph is now a full England international at one of the biggest sides in the country.
Monk needs Premier League experience in his midfield. Liam Bridcutt was a good signing on-loan last year, and would be welcome again with the Sunderland Echo reporting that he is available for just £500,000.
Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury has the ability to score goals from midfield which Leeds missed last year, Stuart Dallas finding the net more than any other midfielder with just five.
The Nottingham Post reported that Bristol City were interested in making a £6million bid for the Arsenal trainee. Expensive, but worth it. Despite multiple injuries last year, the 25-year-old had a hand in nine goals. The season before, he scored 11 himself.
With these two additions, as well as Everton legend Leon Osman on a free, Leeds could hold the difference between mid-table obscurity and promotion hopefuls.