Report: Cellino prepared to sell Leeds star Lewis Cook amid Premier League interest

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Massimo Cellino is reportedly prepared to cash in Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook.

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino is ready to cash in on teenage midfielder Lewis Cook during this month's transfer window.

The Whites are currently on a seven-game unbeaten run under Steve Evans, and will be hoping to make it eight when they take on Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United in the FA Cup this weekend.

Manager Evans will be hoping to add some new faces to his squad during this month's transfer window, though he has already struck one deal by securing Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt on loan until the end of the season.

However, Evans will also be hoping to keep hold of some of his key players, with question marks surrounding the future of Sam Byram, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Another player attracting interest is midfielder Lewis Cook, with the Daily Mail reporting that the 18-year-old is a £5m target for Premier League side Bournemouth.

A Leeds academy graduate, Cook has been a mainstay of the side over the last 18 months, and it's no surprise to see that Premier League sides have been impressed with his energetic performances in the Leeds midfield, whilst he has also established himself as one of the brightest young English prospects around.

Concerningly for Leeds fans, the Daily Mail add that chairman Massimo Cellino is looking to cash in on Cook this month, in a move which would surely make him even more unpopular figure at Elland Road.

The controversial Italian has chopped and changed managers over the last 18 months, and supporters will certainly want to see Cook stay and develop at Elland Road, rather than be sold off to raise funds this month.

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