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Leeds reportedly offer star teenager improved contract to prevent Premier League transfer

Leeds United have reportedly offered a new contract to midfielder Lewis Cook.

The Leeds United academy has been something of a conveyor belt of talent over the years, with the likes of Scott Carson, Matthew Kilgallon, Danny Rose, Jonathan Howson and Fabian Delph all going on to play Premier League football since leaving Elland Road.

Now, manager Neil Redfearn is harnessing the latest crop of youngsters. Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt feature on a regular basis for Leeds, whilst he also handed a debut to Lewis Cook earlier this season.

The 17-year-old midfielder has earned comparisons to former Leeds hero David Batty for his all-action displays in midfield, and he's now racked up 22 appearances in the Championship this season.

An England youth regular, Cook is unsurprisingly attracting interest from Premier League clubs on the back of his performances this term, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham all linked with moves to sign the midfielder.

President Massimo Cellino is determined to keep Cook at Elland Road, and according to the Daily Star, he has offered a new contract to secure the teenager's future.

A deal worth around £4,000-per-week is believed to be on the table, but even that is unlikely to keep Premier League sides from monitoring Cook's progress this season and beyond.

If they do come calling, then the Daily Star also report that Cellino has slapped a £10m price tag on Cook in a bid to deter any interested clubs, which would surely ensure Cook stays - for the short-term, at least.

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