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Can Bournemouth beat Premier League rivals to Leeds ace?

| 25.11.2015

AFC Bournemouth are hoping to steal a march on their Premier League rivals by starting a bidding war for Leeds United teenage star Lewis Cook.

The midfielder has been fast-tracked into the starting line-up at Elland Road and has already featured a number of times at international level in England’s youth teams.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been tasked with repairing his injury-ravaged squad when the transfer window opens and rather than opt for proven but ageing stars the 37-year-old has earmarked the Leeds man as a top target.

The Dean Court outfit are thought to be readying at £10m bid of the 18-year-old, a fee that would eclipse the signing of both Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel to make Cook the Cherries’ most expensive ever signing.

However, the price could yet increase with Bournemouth not alone in their admiration for Cook, who has racked up 50 league appearances despite his tender age.

According to reports, Liverpool, Stoke and Manchester United are also keeping tabs on the youngster ahead of the window re-opening.

Leeds are desperate to return to the promised land that is the Premier League but at present the Yorkshire side are just four points above the Championship drop zone and facing the prospect of a relegation scrap.

As such, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino could decide to cash-in on his hot prospect while interest remains high and before the club’s stock falls further still.

Next up for Bournemouth is a home match against Everton, for which the Cherries are billed as the 9/5 underdogs. The Toffees can be backed at 7/5, while a second successive draw for Bournemouth is priced at 23/10.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.