Transfer Gossip – Cook Coming Home

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By Ian Waterhouse

It is 72 days until Christmas, which means it is 79 days until the January transfer window opens and already the rumours are rife with possible new signings coming into the club, so let’s take a look at three potential new January signings and the likelihood of them coming to Elland Road.

Lewis Cook – Bournemouth – Loan

Making a lot of headlines in Yorkshire and on the South Coast is the rumour that former whites midfielder Lewis Cook could be about to return to the club that sold him in July.

Despite making his Premier League debut last season against Manchester United, the 19-year-old has struggled for game time at the Cherries with just two league cup starts to his name since the arrival of England Midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal.

With game time in short supply, a loan move back to the club where he was voted ‘Football League Young Player of the Year’ last season would make sense for all parties involved and would most likely be favoured by the player.

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Kieran Richardson – Free Agent

There are very faint rumours that Garry Monk could possibly hi-jack Cardiff City’s attempt at signing the former Manchester United midfielder.

Despite being heavily covered in the Central Midfield position the rumour is Leeds boss Monk, is eyeing Richardson as cover for Charlie Taylor at Left back.

Tyler Denton has shown signs that he can fulfil the position when required but at 21 is still relatively unproven whereas Richardson (31) offers immediate experience and would not require time to ‘bed in’ to the side.

The question is whether Richardson would be happy to accept a position on the bench when first team football is available elsewhere. Probably not.

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Pablo Hernandez –  Al Arabi -Permanent

Granted, Hernandez is already at Leeds but the loan star is rumoured to be about to make the deal permanent from Qatari side Al Arabi.

Former Swansea striker Hernandez was reunited with former Swans head coach Garry Monk in the summer and the belief is that the loan move will now be made permanent after impressive performances for the whites.

The loan deal is due to end in January and Al Arabi do not expect the former Spain international to return to Qatar making a move even more likely.

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