Bournemouth ready transfer raid for Leeds sensation coveted by Chelsea

According to reports from The Daily Mail, Bournemouth are preparing a summer transfer bid for Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook.

The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the Championship’s hottest prospects. He’s been nominated for this season’s Football League Young Player of the Year award and has been attracting interest from some of the Premier League’s top clubs for some time.

Indeed, The Daily Mail claim the England U19’s performances this season have caught the attention of Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United, but Premier League new boys Bournemouth are ready to contest the aforementioned clubs for his signature after manager Eddie Howe personally watched the York-born youngster in action on Tuesday night.

Leeds have denied Cook’s contract includes a £5million release clause, but it is claimed the Championship club would be open to selling for around £7million more – with the 5 foot 9 playmaker widely expected to leave Elland Road during the summer transfer window.

Cook’s form this season has seen him average 2.2 tackles, 1 interception, 1.1 created chances and 1.2 successful dribbles per match.