Leeds United have been linked with a loan move for Bournemouth playmaker Lee Tomlin – but any deal may hinge on the Whites’ willingness to sell midfielder Lewis Cook.
The Cherries have long been linked with a move for highly-rated Whites star Cook, with the player as recently as this week reportedly stating his willingness to stay at Elland Road.
Eddie Howe’s men made a £5million enquiry for Cook earlier this month, with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino insisting he had no desire to cash in on the England U19 star, who was the subject of our Scout feature earlier this season.
Reports in the press on Wednesday suggest Bournemouth are ready to up their offer for Cook to £7million – and although Leeds will remain steadfast in their desire to retain the player, who has also been linked with Stoke, Newcastle and both Manchester clubs, it’s thought the Whites’ interest in borrowing Cherries playmaker Tomlin could put Bournemouth in pole position should they decide to sell.
Tomlin joined Bournemouth in the summer for a £3.5million fee from Middlesbrough, but has found first-team chances hard to come by at Dean Court and has so far made only 10 appearances for the club, with just six of these coming in the Premier League.
Some reports suggest Tomlin could actually join Leeds as part of any deal for Cook, though a loan move for the player looks more likely at this stage.