Are Leeds United at risk of losing two young stars to Yorkshire rivals?

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Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to add to their squads should they gain promotion via the Championship play-offs.

Amid all the pointing and laughing from rival fans, there's one thing quite enviable about Leeds United.

The Whites' Thorp Arch academy is a seemingly endless production line of future Premier League stars, two of whom find themselves in precarious situations this summer.

Left-back Charlie Taylor was crowned the club's player of the year on Saturday, while attacking midfielder Lewis Cook picked up the Football League's young player gong only a few weeks earlier.

But both players, like the Leeds-schooled Sam Byram a year ago, enter the summer transfer window with only 12 months left on their deals. Byram, of course, now plays for West Ham.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post last week, Taylor admitted he was unaware of the situation regarding a possible renewal - and said the same about Cook.

With a host of Premier League clubs thought to be circling, the sale of one if not both players before September 1 would come as much of a surprise as Steve Evans being bombed off by Massimo Cellino before tea time on Saturday.

Cashing in on Taylor and/or Cook would hurt enough, but based on how the Championship season is panning out the feeling could be far worse.

Leeds' Yorkshire rivals Hull and Sheffield Wednesday - two clubs Whites fans would, rightly or wrongly, consider their inferiors - have sealed their spots in this month's play-offs and could do part of their pre-season big shop at Elland Road, providing they get the job done.

As things stand, Wednesday will have no recognised left-backs on their books beyond the end of the campaign (besides Jeremy Helan, who was banished to Wolves on loan in February), with Daniel Pudil and Joe Bennett due to return to their parent clubs.

And the Owls could find themselves short in midfield if another loanee, Alex Lopez, fails to return and the out-of-favour Lewis McGugan is moved on.

Hull, too, are likely to require centre-of-the-park reinforcements, with Tom Huddlestone out of contract and both Jake Livermore and Mohamed Diame entering the final 12 months of theirs.

While the Tigers already have an established left-back in Andrew Robertson, reports continue to link the Scotland international with a move elsewhere. And with no other naturals in his position, Taylor may be of interest regardless.

Even if neither club goes up, Leeds could still have their prized assets pinched by the Yorkshiremen.

Wednesday stand to have one of the biggest budgets in the division as they chase promotion in their anniversary year, and are able to wheel-out Tom Lees as a beacon of what can be achieved by swapping Elland Road for Hillsborough.

Hull, meanwhile, would almost certainly need a Robertson replacement.

Both Cook and Taylor have spoken publicly of their intention to play Premier League football before long, and while they stressed the dream was to do it with Leeds United, well... they won't stick around forever.

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