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Report: Leeds United open talks over extending wonderkid Lewis Cook's contract

Possibly the best news Leeds United fans will hear all day.

Leeds United have opened talks with Lewis Cook's agent over offering the midfielder a new contract, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The teenager has been outstanding this season, arguably Leeds' best and most consistent player in midfield - and that's without considering the fact he is only 17-years-old.

Already an England youth international, word of Cook's prodigious talent is likely to spread, especially when his boss Neil Redfearn continues to talk in glowing terms about him, telling Leeds United TV after the game against Bournemouth he was the best player on the pitch.

The paper do not anticipate the ownership situation at Leeds affecting the talks, reporting: "Discussions with Cook’s representatives about a new deal are likely to continue during the second half of the campaign, despite Massimo Cellino’s ban as owner of Leeds."

Cook has played in 25 Championship games this season, an astonishing rate for a player of his age, but he has taken it in his stride.

Reports in The Star has linked Cook with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in recent weeks, with Leeds' former boss Brian McDermott working as a scout for the Gunners until the end of the season.

While the report appeared to be purely speculative, it is hard to believe the big Premier League club's extensive scouting networks are not well aware of Cook already, and Leeds need to arm themselves adequately in order to fend off potential interest in the youngster.

This means continuing to offer him first team chances, and ensuring he is paid like a first team player, so that money will be less of an issue if the vultures come calling.

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