Bournemouth reportedly want £50 million for Aston Villa target David Brooks.
The 23-year-old was linked with a string of sides in the summer, including the likes of Man United and Tottenham, but remained with the Cherries and has been a key player as they push for a return to the Premier League this season – scoring three times and adding five assists in his 16 Championship appearances.
The Daily Mirror reported on the weekend that the Wales international had been identified as a target by Villa boss Dean Smith but it seems signing him this month won’t be cheap.
According to journalist Alan Nixon, Bournemouth want £50 million for Brooks if he is to leave in the January window.
The winger is under contract with the South Coast club until the end of June 2022, suggesting that the Cherries may have to make a decision about his future at some point soon.
Brooks missed much of last season due to injury but has shown his quality at Premier League level in the past, having scored seven times and added five assists in just 30 appearances in 2018/19.
Did AFC Bournemouth sign each of these 18 players for more or less than £1 million?
Brooks is a very talented player but this is a huge asking price and surely one that is designed to ward off any interest.
It’s no surprise to see a side such as Villa circling the 23-year-old and he would make a fantastic addition but they will surely have to look elsewhere for the time being.
The winger’s contract situation could become an issue for Bournemouth if it’s not sorted soon but even so, you feel he will likely be off if they don’t secure promotion this term.