Leeds United head of recruitment Martyn Glover confirms former interest in Sam Byram and Lewis Cook

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The new Leeds United head of recruitment used to work with West Ham United.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Martyn Glover has admitted that he was seriously interested in Lewis Cook last season, whilst still working with West Ham.

He said: “I showed a lot of interest in Lewis Cook last season. I think they [Leeds] have always been renowned for having a very good academy system.”

Following that interview, he also confirmed interest in Sam Byram, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post that him and Cook were watched by the Hammers many times during the 2014/15 season.

Glover added: “Particularly with people like Sam Bryam and Lewis Cook, we were quite strong on and watched a lot of them last season.”

Glover arrived at Elland Road earlier this week, having left his role with West Ham, to be named head of recruitment for Leeds.

It is a big job for the Whites, with them looking to find some stability and secure passage to the Premier League, and finding the link between academy players and signings from elsewhere will be a big part of Glover’s job.

Knowing that he is a fan of Cook and Byram shows that the Leeds academy is still working to its best effect, and suggests that Glover will continue the long tradition of incorporating young players into the first-team.

It will be up to the head of recruitment to improve these academy players by ensuring transfers are completed to bring in players who help them develop, without limiting the impact they can have upon the senior squad.

The academy tradition at Leeds is one that defines the club and its history, and with Glover in charge, it looks as if that tradition will continue well into the future - with all the promise and potential that brings.

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