Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook has been linked with a move to Bournemouth.
Evans said: “It doesnt surprise me that he [Eddie Howe] is interested in Lewis. He has absolutely everything, he is only 18, and is man of the match in most games. His consistency is very high, and he’s a smashing kid off the pitch as well. I’m not surprised there is interest from the level above, but in a Leeds United point of view, we want to keep him. And as coach I want to keep him as well as he’s so influential as to what we are trying to achieve.”
Evans has made it very clear that keeping Cook is one of his priorities this month, despite the fact that Bournemouth want to sign him.
The Daily Mail claim that Eddie Howe is ready to make a £5 million off for the 18-year-old midfielder, off the back of his fantastic form for the Whites.
A graduate of the highly regarded Leeds academy, Cook has been central to the Whites first-team plans for the last season and a half, and Evans believes he will retain his importance for the foreseeable future.
Any success Leeds enjoy under Evans will have Cook at the centre, and Leeds would rue losing a player who will only continue to grow and improve over the next years.
A £5 million offer may prove enticing for Massimo Cellino, and the report claims he wants to cash in on Cook this month, but Evans, as manager, has made it clear that he wants to keep the youngster around Elland Road past the end of this month.