Report: Leeds United owner reported to have offered Lewis Cook new deal until 2017

Massimo Cellino has apparently confirmed a deal is in progress to ensure Cook stays at Elland Road.

Part of Leeds United's success this season has stemmed from the talented young players they have brought through the youth system. One such player is Lewis Cook, who has been outstanding this term.

The 18-year-old has played in 38 games this season, showing a mature and assured presence that belies his age in the heart of Leeds' midfield.

After he picked up an ankle injury on international duty in March Leeds went on to struggle, that was no coincidence.

Unfortunately that made him a target for Premier League teams.

The Telegraph reported last week that Aston Villa and Newcastle United were both keen on the player.

Leeds are therefore set to finalise a new deal with the player, as reported by the Yorkshire Post.

They claim that Massimo Cellino has informed them of this desire. He has been offered an improved deal lasting until 2017, with the returning Italian owner hoping to finalise the deal early next week.

This will come as a huge boost to Leeds fans who are desperate for a summer of optimism after a season of stress and fear.

This 'hands-off' message to the likes of Villa and Newcastle is certainly a sign that Cellino is trying his best to get the fans back on board at Elland Road.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch