Bournemouth's Max Gradel shows affection for Leeds as he replies to fan over Lewis Cook

Dean Court

Bournemouth's Max Gradel still refers to Leeds United as 'us'.

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook continues to be the subject of speculation linking him to Bournemouth, with The Mail reporting interest from the Premier League side earlier this month.

In light of Sam Byram's imminent sale to West Ham, Leeds fans are rightly anxious about key midfielder Cook being snapped up.

One former Leeds ace who does play for Bournemouth is Max Gradel, who signed in the summer from French side St Etienne.

A Leeds fan reached out to him on Twitter last night urging him to take Cook under his wing if he joins him on the south coast, and received a reply from the Ivorian winger.

It's unlikely Gradel has any transfer insight over negotiations which may or may not be ongoing between the two clubs, but his comment at least shows Leeds fans he cares, and still feels he has a connection with the team, describing Cook as 'one of us' in reference to the fanbase.

Gradel played for Leeds between 2009 and 2011, and was sold on to raise funds.

He signed for Bournemouth in the summer but only played a handful of games before suffering a serious knee injury which is expected to keep him out until late February at the earliest.

As far as Leeds were concerned, it wasn't meant to be like this, they would have dreamed to be in Bournemouth's position in the Premier League, re-signing him to play alongside Cook. Instead they must dig in over the final fortnight of the transfer window to keep their most promising midfielder from joining their former hero.

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