Report: Leeds United's teenage star Lewis Cook closes in on £8m Bournemouth transfer

Lewis Cook is reportedly nearing an £8m move to Bournemouth.

According to the Daily Mirror, Bournemouth are closing in on a deal to sign Leeds United's teenage sensation Lewis Cook in an £8m move.

Cook, 18, was born in nearby York, and joined Leeds at the age of just six, making his way up through the famed Leeds United academy, which has produced players such as James Milner, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon.

Midfielder Cook looks set to follow in the footsteps of those players by moving on to the Premier League, having become a star at Elland Road.

Initially brought into the first team by Neil Redfearn last season, Cook has been a regular in the Leeds midfield ever since, and even at 18, he is one of Leeds' most important and influential players.

Unfortunately for Leeds, those displays have led to Premier League interest, and The Mirror now report that Bournemouth are closing in on a deal to sign Cook this month.

It's stated that Bournemouth are 'set to sign' teenage midfielder Cook for £8m, just days after the Daily Mail reported that the Cherries were also pursuing Leeds contract rebel Sam Byram.

It would be something of a surprise to see Leeds sell Cook this month, especially given the confusion surrounding Byram's future right now, as selling two young, homegrown stars wouldn't go down too well with the Elland Road faithful.

Whilst the report believes that Cook is close to joining Eddie Howe's Cherries, it seems more likely that Leeds would entertain the idea of selling their star midfielder during the summer transfer window, when they'd have more time to find a replacement.

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