Leeds boss Steve Evans is ‘not surprised’ that Bournemouth are after Lewis Cook, but is confident the midfielder will stay at Elland Road.
The 18-year-old, who signed a new two-year deal with Leeds last summer, has already made over 50 appearances for the club and is a regular in the England Under-19s squad.
After some eye-catching displays in the Championship, Evans says he is confident that owner Massimo Cellino will not cash-in on the youngster this month.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Eddie Howe with the physiology and the psychology that he’s got playing football and his teams of how they play that he is interested in Lewis,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“He’s got absolutely everything, he’s 18 years old, he’s man of the match in a lot of the games in the Championship, his consistency is very high and he’s a smashing kid off the pitch. So I’m not surprised that there is interest from the level above, but from a Leeds United point of view we want to keep him in the door and as the coach I want to keep him with me as well because he’s so influential in what we are trying to achieve over the next four or five months and the season beyond.’
“When it gets to the realms of the type of monies that we would be talking for Lewis there is only one man at Leeds United who can decide and that’s the president of course.
“But I was with him until late yesterday and unless it’s completely right for the football club, he won’t be going anywhere and I’m certainly sitting here today believing we will be through the window and Lewis Cook will be at Leeds United.”
Meanwhile, out-of-favour midfielder Lee Tomlin has said he is ‘desperate to play’ at Bournemouth after making just seven appearances since moving from Middlesbrough last summer.
“There have been a few little niggles which put me back a month in training but now I am training freely,” he told the club’s website.
“I’m trying to find the old Lee Tomlin again but I’m getting closer, hopefully I can start showing it now.”