AFC Bournemouth playmaker David Brooks is being tipped to be on the radar of former club Sheffield United during the January transfer window.
Sheffield United were, of course, the side that sold Brooks to Bournemouth back in the summer of 2018. Since then, he’s made 39 appearances in the Premier League, scored eight goals and registered five assists.
However, Brooks has dropped back into the Championship with Bournemouth and has stuck with the Cherries on the back of the summer transfer window closing.
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In the eyes of Alan Biggs at the Sheffield Star, he believes that there will be a renewed attempt to sign Brooks in January from Sheffield United.
He wrote: “Brooks is a name that won’t go away and probably, in the opinion of Sheffield United’s manager, never should have gone away in the first place.
“Which is why this column is convinced that Wilder will want the Blades board to launch an all-out bid for Brooks in the January window.
“I understand Bournemouth value the attacking midfielder at £30m plus, virtually three times the £11.5m they agreed to pay United for his services in July, 2018. But I believe Wilder will recommend to Bramall Lane’s Saudi rulers that this is a realistic price and one worth paying for a player whose one season in the top flight more than proved he could cut it.”
Sheffield United have endured a tough start to the Premier League season and have only a single point on the board following the opening five fixtures.
Brooks’ previous spell with Sheffield United came in the EFL, when he scored three goals and registered four assists in 30 appearances in 2017/18.
Back in the EFL with Bournemouth, Brooks has made two appearances in the Championship.
There is obviously such a unique connection with Brooks and Sheffield United. There will always be links kicking around, particularly whilst the pair are in separate divisions.
The sticking point here, despite what Biggs says, has to be the potential fee. That’s not going to come crashing down in January, which is traditionally not a buyer’s market.
Are Sheffield United really going to part with £30m for Brooks in the winter window? It’d be a bold move and potentially an expensive one.
However, if it keeps the Blades in the Premier League, it might well be worth it.
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