Sheffield United could have their best chance of landing David Brooks thanks to a reported new stance from Bournemouth in relation to their star players.
According to a report from the Sun this weekend, the Cherries could be willing to sell Brooks. Alongside the likes of Callum Wilson and Josh King, it is believed Eddie Howe could be prepared to cash in.
That, then, could open the door for the Blades to make a move to bring Brooks back to Bramall Lane. The Welsh midfielder has missed the entire season with an ankle injury.
However, he remains a class act on his day. Indeed, his first season with Bournemouth last season was a roaring success, with the likes of Spurs said to be very keen on landing Brooks themselves.
But it’s Sheffield United who may hold an advantage when it comes to Brooks moving away from Bournemouth.
Why David Brooks and Sheffield United might well be an ideal match
Brooks was sold by United, essentially, as a means of balancing the books and giving Chris Wilder a bit more wiggle room in the transfer market. There was no falling out and there was no massive will from player or manager to part ways. It was, at the time, a case of needs must.
That relationship being intact could help the Blades if they want to look at bringing him back to the club. Furthermore, any sell-on clause United inserted is likely to mean the fee the Blades pay is a tad lower than the likes of Spurs might expect to fork out.
United signed Sander Berge for big money in January to prove they aren’t afraid to part ways with their cash. Bringing back Brooks, then, might not be outside of the realms of possibility.
A missing link for the Sheffield United midfield
While the United midfield has been superb this season, the club has never quite replaced someone in the number ten role occupied by Mark Duffy the season prior.
Of course, the Blades play a flatter three now across the middle. But having options to change things up and outsmart the opposition is key in the Premier League.
We’ve written before about what Brooks might bring to the table if he returned to Bramall Lane. With Bournemouth now apparently willing to sell, the time could well be prime for the Blades to make their move.