Lewis Cook, sold against wishes of Leeds United boss Garry Monk?

Leeds United's Lewis Cook and Preston North End's Paul Gallacher in action

Leeds United head coach had been planning to keep Lewis Cook.

Leeds United's Lewis Cook and Preston North End's Paul Gallacher in actionLeeds United's Lewis Cook and Preston North End's Paul Gallacher in action

Lewis Cook is heading for the Leeds United exit, with The Telegraph reporting the midfielder is set to undergo a medical at Bournemouth after the Whites accepted an offer.

Cook, a potential future Leeds captain had he stayed, had only one year left on his contract and his exit is a direct result of the club being unable to extend his deal.

His exit appears to be against the wishes of new Leeds boss Garry Monk, who had recently expressed fears about simply losing him for pre-season, let alone the actual upcoming campaign.

Cook had been due to feature for England's under-19 side this month and miss Leeds' pre-season games, before Monk ensured he pulled out the squad.

Swansea City Manager Garry MonkLeeds Manager Garry Monk

Monk was quoted on just on Wednesday, in the Yorkshire Evening Post explaining his decision:

"I think it’s what’s best for us going forward. I just felt that to miss him for pretty much the whole of pre-season would be detrimental to the player and detrimental to myself and the team.”

Now the problem is far worse, with a decision taken by owner Massimo Cellino to sanction Cook's sale.

When Monk arrived at Leeds, he spoke of his determination to keep young players like Cook and Charlie Taylor at Elland Road.

He said: “Once I speak and sit down with them and give them a vision of what I would like to do with them and the team going forward, hopefully that is enough to keep them here.

Leeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goalLeeds United’s Lewis Cook scores their first goal

“I want the players to be happy, see what the future is and be part of it. That is the key to it.

“Keeping your strongest players is paramount, of course it is. It is about not taking away anything, but adding to what we already have.”

Selling the midfielder is clearly not part of the former Swansea boss' plan, and despite their recent additions, Monk is evidently going to have to re-think how he approaches the season ahead.

Swansea manager Garry MonkNew Leeds manager Garry Monk

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