Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has informed Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Phil Hay that Lewis Cook will not be sold. Premier League side AFC Bournemouth are hoping to sign the young midfield on a permanent deal this month.
When asked about the speculation surrounding Cook potentially leaving the football club, this was the response that Italian Cellino gave to Hay:
From Cellino: "Not true.
I'm not selling Cook. He is
happy in Leeds and I'm proud of him!" #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 6, 2016
Head Coach Steve Evans will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 9.30am. This is a usual pre-match press briefing ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie at home to Rotherham United, managed by former Leeds Head Coach Neil Redfearn. It is fair to say that questions on Cook, in addition to Sam Byram, will headline most of the conversations.
The 18-year-old central midfielder has been the subject of several clubs for some time now, although it would appear the Cherries are the only club to seriously make a move to lure him away from Elland Road.
The York-born, England Under-19 international has impressed in the Leeds first-team ever since being handed his debut at the start of last season. He has already become one of Evans’ key players so far, and he’ll be desperate to keep him on board, especially now Liam Bridcutt has extended his loan from Sunderland as well.
Another being linked with a move away is Byram, who Evans said earlier today that ‘four or five Premier League clubs’ are showing an interest in luring the right-sided man to their respective clubs. He is another Leeds youngster attracting plenty of attention.