Sheffield United have not given up on re-signing David Brooks from Bournemouth just yet.
Yorkshire Live reports manager Chris Wilder remains keen on bringing Brooks back to Bramall Lane, but may need to wait until January to complete the deal.
It was a similar story with Sander Berge last season. The Blades first showed interest in Berge during the summer, but the midfielder was unsure about moving to a newly promoted club.
By the New Year, United were in the top half of the Premier League and the Norway international was ready to make the switch. A club record £22m (BBC Sport) fee was duly paid.
The same could now happen with Brooks, who is admittedly unlikely to return to South Yorkshire during this transfer window.
The deadline for top flight sides to sign EFL players is 5pm on Friday. The Cherries don’t want to lose Brooks. However, they may have to change their stance in January if the 23-year-old is keen to leave.
Why Brooks to Sheffield United remains a possibility
Although Bournemouth don’t want Brooks to leave, there is an established relationship between the Blades and the Dorset club.
It started when Aaron Ramsdale left for the Vitality Stadium in 2017. Brooks then made the move there 18 months later.
Since then, Lys Mousset has come the other way and Ramsdale has come back to South Yorkshire.
During that time United CEO Stephen Bettis has formed a good working relationship with Cherries counterpart Neill Blake.
An issue could well be Brooks’ valuation, with as much as £40m being quoted as an asking price. That would be beyond their financial reach, but like with Berge, they may have more money in January to complete a deal.
Wilder will always remain interested in Brooks. This rumour could well roll on.