David Brooks is unlikely to return to Sheffield United in January, according to Yorkshire Live.
Brooks has been linked with a Blades comeback in the upcoming transfer window – two-and-a-half years after leaving Bramall Lane for Bournemouth.
Manager Chris Wilder has even admitted he would “love” to bring the midfielder back to South Yorkshire.
Brooks left for the Cherries in the summer of 2018 in an £11.5m deal. At the time the Blades were in the Championship, while Bournemouth were about to begin their fourth successive season in the Premier League.
They’ve of course since swapped positions.
Yet despite Wilder’s desire to re-sign Brooks, this latest report says that the club aren’t actually targeting the Wales international.
This is more to do with money, rather than a lack of interest in the 23-year-old.
The Cherries value Brooks in a similar bracket to Nathan Ake – who joined Manchester City this summer for £40m (BBC Sport).
This is way beyond the Blades’ budget and is double their current club record deal. They paid an initial £20m for Rhian Brewster in October, with a further £3.5m potentially owed to Liverpool in add-ons.
Not only that, but it’s thought Brooks wage demands would be between £60,000 and £70,000-a-week.
Again, this is way beyond United’s reach. Their current top paid players earn around half that at £30,000-a-week.
What next for David Brooks with Sheffield United out of the race?
Brooks is too talented to be playing in the second tier of English football. After leaving South Yorkshire, he immediately took to life in the top flight and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2018/19.
If rumours are to be believed, the Welshman isn’t going to have too much trouble attracting other suitors, though.
A string of Premier League clubs are also thought to be interested. They include Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
All of which would be able to afford the sort of transfer fee and wages being discussed.
For those Blades fans hoping to see Brooks back in red and white, unfortunately it looks like it’s probably a pipe dream.