In-demand Cook ‘tells Prem suitors he plans to stay at Leeds’

Lewis Cook: Won't leave Leeds United for Bournemouth

Lewis Cook: Won't leave Leeds United for Bournemouth

Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook is ready to disappoint a string of Premier League admirers after reportedly telling interested clubs he plans to stay at Elland Road.

Cook was the subject of a £5million enquiry from Bournemouth earlier month, while the likes of Liverpool, both Manchester clubs, Newcastle and Stoke have also been linked with the teenage midfielder.

But Cook – who was the subject of our Scout feature last month and has been compared to former England midfielder Paul Scholes – has reportedly said he plans to stay at Elland Road for the foreseeable future.

A ‘source’ close to the player is reported to have told the Daily Star: “He hasn’t put in a transfer request. 100 per cent not.

“He loves the club and wants to stay. He’s aware of the interest in him, but the only way he will leave anytime soon is if Massimo Cellino accepts a bid and decides to sell him.”

Cook made his Leeds debut in August 2014 and has gone on to make 61 appearances and establishing himself as one of the rising stars of the Championship.

He has made six appearances for the England U19 side and knows moving to the top flight will boost his chances of realising his ultimate dream of playing for the senior team.

Cook was part of the England U17 side that won the UEFA European U17 Championship in May 2014 and he was then called up to the England U18 side for their clash with Holland.