Bournemouth are close to completing the signing of Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook in a deal worth £6m.
Cook is adept in midfield, either in the middle or out wide.
The transfer of the England Under-19 international is expected to be completed in the next couple of days, including a medical today.
The news of Cook’s move comes after Leeds completed the signing of Oxford United starlet Kemar Roofe for £3m. Roofe was one of the brightest stars in League Two last season.
The Leeds academy product has only one year remaining on his contract but is heading for the Premier League after a deal was sanctioned by owner Massimo Cellino.
Howe is keen to balance the books, after the sales of Matt Ritchie and Tommy Elphick and sees Cook as a key addition.
He is poised to become the club’s fourth summer signing after the arrivals of Lys Mousset, Nathan Ake and Emerson Hyndman.
Cook has made 80 appearances for the Yorkshire club. He was voted their Young Player of the Year last season, and only just missed out on their Player of the Year, which went to Charlie Taylor.
Cook was withdrawn from the England squad for the 2016 U19 European Championships by Leeds bossGarry Monk who wished to work with the player for a full pre season. Now, that chance has been taken away with this move to the Premier League.
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75