Manchester United appear to be out of the running to sign David Brooks from Bournemouth.
The Manchester Evening News reports that the Red Devils are instead focusing their attention elsewhere in the transfer market.
Man United had been linked with both Brooks and Cherries teammate, Josh King. Yet they are concentrating on signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, as well as Porto left-back Alex Telles.
This is despite the fact that Brooks’ national team manager, Ryan Giggs, has praised the midfielder to former teammate and United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It means that the Wales international is running out of time to get a move back to the Premier League following Bournemouth’s relegation.
The report adds that Brooks is now expected to stay in Dorset and build on his fitness and form.
The 23-year-old was an unused substitute at the weekend as the Cherries beat Coventry City 3-1 in the Championship. Yet little should be read into that, as it was always touch and go whether Brooks would play or not.
That’s because the Welshman had been ill earlier in the week. But despite showing some symptoms, BBC Sport reports his Covid-19 test came back negative.
Could Sheffield United re-sign David Brooks?
One thing that might suggest Brooks is leaving the Vitality Stadium is the arrival of Rodrigo Riquelme on loan from Atletico Madrid. The Sun previously claimed Riquelme was viewed as a replacement for the former Blade.
The same newspaper recently reported (October 2, page 55) that Sheffield United were also keen on bringing Brooks back to Bramall Lane.
In fact, manager Chris Wilder admitted as much last week.
“I’d love – and maybe I’m out of order for saying this but I mean it with the utmost respect – to bring David Brooks back to this football club,” Wilder told The Sheffield Star.
“If he was available that is. Maybe I’m wrong for talking about him. But he’s a match winner.”
The issue for the Blades in the case of Brooks is price. Bournemouth apparently value the midfield ace at £50m – which is way out of the South Yorkshire side’s budget.
Leicester City have also been linked with Brooks and could potentially pay that kind of fee. Yet they have already signed Cengiz Under this summer, who plays in a similar position.
If Brooks made it clear he wanted to leave, this could force the issue in favour of the Blades. A possibility is a loan agreement with an option to buy at the end of the season.
But it seems that a transfer that looked extremely unlikely, is perhaps a little less so now.