Liverpool is set to rival Everton and Tottenham Hotspur to sign David Brooks from AFC Bournemouth.
After the relegation of AFC Bournemouth, David Brooks emerged as a transfer target for many Top Flight clubs. Everton, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur were the first ones to show interest. Now, Liverpool has become the latest team to join the chase to sign Welsh sensation David Brooks.
David Brooks joined Bournemouth back in 2018 and soon hit the ground running at the Vitality stadium. In his two years as a Cherries player, the 23 year old has featured in 39 Premier League games and scored a total of 8 goals.
His first season with Eddie Howe was his breakthrough season where he caught the eye of fans and spectators across the globe. The 2019-20 season has been a forgetful one after he endured an ankle injury in pre-season forcing him to undergo surgery and spend at least 12 weeks on the sidelines.
It got bad to worse for Brooks as a second surgery was needed and he ended up spending most of the time of the 2019-20 campaign on the treatment table, making just 9 on-field appearances. Since the restart David Brooks showed flashes of brilliance, a positive sign that he is getting to his absolute best.
Following Cherries’ relegation, David Brooks is likely to leave the Vitality stadium. AFC Bournemouth are embracing for a firesale this summer. Out of contract winger Ryan Fraser has already left the club. Nathan Ake has been sold to Manchester City for £41 million and forwards Callum Wilson and Joshua King are set to follow the same path.
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The Sun reported David Brooks is being chased by the Royal Blues, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. Now, Liverpool are the latest club to join the train of clubs behind Brooks, as per the Daily Star. The Welshman is rated at £35 million but it is highly unlikely that any team will pay that amount. Liverpool is open to offers for Xherdan Shaqiri and if the Swiss international does depart, Brooks is the ideal replacement in the eyes of the Reds. Meanwhile, Everton is on the hunt for a right wide midfielder and David Brooks is an admired player in the Everton offices.
Given his age, David Brooks can be a long term investment for the Toffees. Gaining maturity with age, Everton will hope to reap maximum performance-related benefits from the Welshman. But before the club can think of how to use Brooks, it will be important they win the transfer battle against their arch-rivals Liverpool and other teams like Spurs and Hammers.
Will the Toffees manage to beat Liverpool and Spurs to sign David Brooks?