Boost for Leeds United? Lewis Cook suitors Bournemouth line up alternative Championship midfielder

Cherries boss Eddie Howe was allegedly spotted at Elland Road this week but is hopeful of a deal for Reading's Oliver Norwood, a report claims.

According to a report in Thursday's Sun newspaper, Bournemouth are hoping to complete a £3m deal for Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood - despite Eddie Howe's alleged scouting trip to Leeds United in midweek.

The Mail reports that Cherries boss Howe, who has been heavily linked with a move for Whites midfielder Lewis Cook, was in the stands during Tuesday's win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road.

But with Leeds reportedly seeking £10 million for Cook, Norwood, who operates in the 19-year-old's central and attacking midfield roles, may be seen as a cheaper alternative.

Norwood, who began his career with Manchester United, moved to Reading in 2014 from Huddersfield Town and has made 40 league appearances for the struggling Royals this season, contributing three goals and eight assists.

That is two and six more respectively than Cook has managed from an identical number of matches.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Oliver Norwood MF Reading 8 3 40 3,518
Lewis Cook MF Leeds 2 1 40 3,387

However, at six years Norwood's junior, there is plenty of time for Cook to develop these areas of his game and his recently-awarded Football League young player of the year status suggests he'll do just that.

Of course, with only 14 months remaining on his Elland Road contract, the England Under-19 star's future at the club is by no means certain, especially with Everton, Stoke City and other Premier League clubs thought to be circling.

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