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Everton and Stoke interested in Leeds United Midfielder

Possession midfielder interested in leaving Championship side.

Leeds United v Middlesbrough   - Sky Bet Championship
Lewis Cook a possible Roberto Martinez target
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This January Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook submitted a transfer request, but no team judged him well enough to meet the asking price of £10 million that United demanded for him.

That opinion seems to have shifted a bit as Everton and Stoke have been showing interest in the 19-year-old midfielder. The price tag seems high, but competition for home grown players is always high.

The English player plays a central midfield position with some experience pressed forward and also on the right side, but with only two goals in 38 appearances this season he isn't much of a finisher. He also has two assists in those games, but seems to be more of a possession and distributing midfielder. This season he has a pass completion percentage of 80% in the Championship and only 0.6 clearances per game.

On the defensive side he has 2.2 successful tackles per game and 1.5 interceptions. Both very strong numbers making him very much in the mould of a midfielder Roberto Martinez likes in behind his attacking players. I don't think he's likely to fit the defensive midfielder role, but someone more like a Leon Osman in his younger days.

Until we know what is going to happen with the manager though I would view any transfer rumors with a grain of salt. This sounds a lot like someone Martinez would want, but if the new owner decides to make a manager switch then perhaps we could quickly be changing or targets and Cook might not be in the plans.