Report: Steve Evans admires Lee Tomlin; didn’t believe he was worth exchanging for Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook

Bournemouth were hoping to exchange Lee Tomlin for Leeds’ Lewis Cook.

Steve Evans rejected an approach from Bournemouth to exchange Lee Tomlin for Lewis Cook, the Yorkshire Evening Post report.

It is no secret that the Cherries want to sign talented teenager Cook, and they wanted to bring him in during the January transfer window.

However, the asking price on his head was far too high for the club to sanction, and Eddie Howe was looking for other ways to structure a deal.

One of those involved sending Lee Tomlin to Leeds as a part-exchange for Cook, but Steve Evans was not convinced by such a move.

The report indicates that Evans admires Tomlin, and has a high opinion of him, but was against the approach made to Leeds.

Bournemouth failed to convince the Whites that their cash offer - of an unspecified amount - and Tomlin in exchange were a large enough cash offer for the asking price placed on Cook’s head.

The Daily Mail reported during January that Bournemouth were valuing Cook at roughly £5 million, and Leeds fans will be thankful that Massimo Cellino and Evans rejected the approach from the Cherries.

Tomlin ending up leaving Bournemouth on loan, signing for Championship side Bristol City until the end of the season.

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