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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Leeds' Lewis Cook targeted by Man United, other major clubs - sources

Lewis Cook, left, has drawn attention for his sparkling play at Leeds United.

Manchester United are stepping up their interest in highly rated Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook, sources have told ESPN FC.

Cook is regarded as one of the best young talents in the country after catching scouts' eyes in the past 18 months.

The 18-year-old, who has been dubbed "the next Paul Scholes," is on the radar of all the Premier League's big guns, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Cook made 38 appearances for Leeds last season and was named Championship Apprentice of the Year at the Football League awards.

The England under-18 international has made 13 appearances so far this season and established himself as a key member in the Leeds side.

Manchester United are keen to steal a march on their Premier League rivals in the battle to sign Cook with Louis van Gaal planning to build a side for the future at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal brought in the likes of young duo Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial in the summer transfer window and Cook would fit the bill as the type of exciting young talents Van Gaal is keen to build his side around.

Leeds are reluctant to lose Cook who signed a new deal in the summer but are bracing themselves for interest in their prize asset.

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