Leeds United manager Steve Evans has insisted on Sky Sports that he wants to keep youngster Lewis Cook at the club.

Cook is highly rated at Elland Road and recent speculation has linked him to Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth, with reports that they are readying an £8m bid for the 18 year old.

Evans admitted that he wasn’t surprised to learn of interest in his highly rated young star, but insisted that the Elland Road club do not want him to leave this January.

The Leeds head coach told Sky Sports News “it doesn’t surprise me that Eddie Howe is interested in Lewis. He’s got absolutely everything.

“He’s 18 and Man of the Match in a lot of games in the Championship. He’s a smashing kid off the pitch and I’m not surprised there’s interest from a level above.”

“From a Leeds United point of view, we want to keep him in the door and as the coach I want to keep him as well because he’s so influential in what we want to achieve between the next four and five months and beyond.”

Cook is an England youth international and has risen through the ranks at Leeds, since joining as a youth in 2004. He is highly rated and has been tipped as a future senior England international.

Leeds look set to losing a number of players this January, with apparent interest in Italian duo Mirco Antenucci and Giuseppe Bellusci.

Evans is also resigned to losing 22-year-old Sam Byram, who only has six months left on his contract and has rejected a new deal.

He has been in superb form and was named the PFA fans Player of the Month for December in the Championship.

The Leeds boss told Sky Sports News that their is interest in him from five Premier League clubs but insisted that the move must be right for Byram as well as the club for the move to happen.

Leeds are currently on a seven game unbeaten run in The Championship and lie in 13th place, nine points off the play-offs.

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