Lewis Cook is a Leeds lad through and through; he is one of our own. He came up through the academy, made a slew of appearances and then moved on to bigger pastures. Now, according to Owen Fulda of the Daily Star, it could be a case of the return of the Prodigal Son with Leeds set for a £15m bid for their former midfielder.
The now 23-year-old Cook burst onto the first-team scene and his silky-smooth displays soon caught the affections of Whites fans. He went on to make 85 appearances for Leeds once he broke through into their first-team set-up, scoring 2 goals and creating 5 assists.
However, pushed by the need to lower costs and produce excess to sign players, Cook went on to be sold by Leeds to Bournemouth in early July 2016 for a fee in the region of £6.3m. His sale helped Leeds to record a profit of nearly £1m when the 2016/17 financial accounts were released.
Cook’s time at Bournemouth has been somewhat blighted by injury. He has made 85 appearances for the Cherries, scoring 3 goals. However, Bournemouth’s relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship means that the decks are likely to be cleared as the south coast side look to reshape for a different type of challenge.
The Star’s Fulda says that Leeds “are preparing a £15m swoop” for Cook as they look to re-sign him for Leeds’ first Premier League campaign in 16 years. As of yet, aside from young players such as Joe Gelhardt and Cody Drameh and returning players from next season, Leeds United haven’t signed any new, established players for next season.
Could Leeds United be about to Cook up a takeaway? If so, I’d not like to pick up the bill.