Chris Wilder will try and convince the Sheffield United owner to make a club record £30m move for David Brooks in January.
That’s according to The Sheffield Star, who claim that the Bournemouth midfielder will be available for around £30m plus.
It means that Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad would have to sanction a club record fee to sign Brooks.
It has already been broken several times under his ownership. Most recently they signed Rhian Brewster from Liverpool for an initial £20m, plus £3.5m in add-ons.
Yet Wilder will try and convince the club hierarchy that is a fair price for a player whom the Blades sold for £11.5m in the summer of 2018.
Is David Brooks worth £30m plus?
Brooks immediately took to life in the Premier League after leaving Bramall Lane and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year in his first season.
The 23-year-old was unable to save the Cherries from relegation last term, but did spent the majority of the campaign injured. Brooks didn’t feature for the Dorset side until after lockdown.
There was speculation the Wales international would leave the Vitality Stadium ahead of 2020/21 to return to the top flight.
The Blades were thought to be interested, but weren’t alone. They faced competition from Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
As it was, Friday’s deadline to sign EFL players came and went without Brooks moving. Now Wilder will bide his time until renewing his interest in the new year.
Whether or not Prince Abdullah would be willing to part with so much cash for Brooks is debatable. However, the Welshman is arguably exactly what the Blades are missing.
They have just one point and sit 19th in the table currently after a poor start to the campaign. They have lost four of their five matches and scored just two goals – the lowest in the division.
An absence of midfield creativity appears to be a big problem. If the issue remains in January and a relegation battle looms, maybe the owner will take a financial gamble to sign Brooks in a bid to stay up.
Even if that isn’t the case and results have improved, the midfielder still possesses the skills largely lacking in Wilder’s squad as things stand.
Brooks’ return would certainly be welcome. But it would also be very expensive. Possibly too expensive.