Leeds must solve contract situation quickly amid latest Aston Villa transfer rumours

Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Leeds duo Sam Byram and Lewis Cook.

According to reports from The Sun, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is lining up a summer swoop to sign Leeds United duo Sam Byram and Lewis Cook.

Both players have come up through the Leeds academy, and have been key players under manager Neil Redfearn this season.

Right back Byram, 21, and midfielder Cook, 18, are two of the most promising English players in the Football League, and it's no surprise to read that there is Premier League interest in their services.

Villa are no doubt buoyed in their pursuit of the pair, because both players are out of contract in 2016, meaning Leeds are at risk of losing them on the cheap in the coming months.

This should set alarm bells ringing in the Leeds hierarchy. There has been plenty of chatter from chairman Andrew Umbers about new contracts for Byram and Cook, but nothing has been announced even speculated for some time now.

Whilst fans want to see new signings, agreeing new contracts with Byram and Cook is arguably more important. The two players are worth millions, and allowing them to enter the final 12 months of their contracts makes Leeds very vulnerable to losing the pair for some way short of their true valuations.

This situation is one of the utmost importance for Leeds, and this latest round of speculation must trigger urgency from the Leeds board ahead of the summer transfer window.

Leeds are moving in the right direction under manager Neil Redfearn, and whilst most fans know that Byram and Cook have futures at the highest level, the club need to make sure that they are sold for their true worth, and not on the cheap.

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