Redknapp believes the Leeds United academy product would be better served staying at Bournemouth than moving to Old Trafford.
Leeds United fans are urging Lewis Cook to follow Harry Redknapp’s advice and avoid a move to Manchester United.
Speaking to BT Sport during Wednesday’s broadcast of Bournemouth versus Manchester United, which Jose Mourinho’s side won 2-0, Redknapp instructed Cook to stay with the Cherries for another few years.
“He’s learning the game, still. It’s alright saying he can move on, he goes to a Chelsea or a Manchester United or somewhere and suddenly he’s not a big player anymore. He’s a bit player,” said the former Bournemouth manager.
“He’s better off learning his trade here. Playing every week being a big fish in a small pond.”
Whether Manchester United are indeed interested in Cook remains to be seen – although Old Trafford is the last place those of a Leeds persuasion would want their academy graduate to end up.
Here’s what they’re saying about the 21-year-old – who some say grew up supporting Leeds’ rivals from across the Pennines…
i can see the sense in a move to liverpool but not to united, a team populated by divas and melts. https://t.co/kUwaemVFa2— hat (@ellandread) 19 April 2018
he supports scum so it could happen. be a bad move. He should stay with Bournemouth for one more season as I still feel they could push up the table like Burnley— dean (@deancore) 19 April 2018
Good man Harry, keep him away FROM THE SCUM— David Kerr (@davidkerr2821) 19 April 2018
If Cook goes to Scum I’m seriously done— Darren (@D_Dunne1) 19 April 2018
Harry is spot on happens all the time our best young players go to a big club and don’t get a game hope Lewis stays with Bournemouth and definately hope he doesn’t go to Man Utd #lufc #mot #lewiscook https://t.co/9WQPyv0xnG— Neil Summers (@neilyboy1919) 19 April 2018
Yeah… i’m pretty sure they said the same thing when Bournemouth came in for him from us, he should stay and develop etc etc….. #LUFC— Youngsy (@Monkiimagic) April 19, 2018
In February, the Daily Mirror reported that Cook is a £20 million summer target for Liverpool, who are expected to lose Emre Can at the end of his contract.
It is unclear whether or not Leeds inserted a sell-on clause into the deal that took the York-born player to Dean Court in 2016.
Could Cook be off to Manchester United?