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Report: West Ham, Newcastle, Leicester and Crystal Palace want David Brooks

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Report: West Ham, Newcastle, Leicester and Crystal Palace want David Brooks

The Wales international looks set to be on the move during the transfer window.

Newcastle, West Ham United, Leicester and Crystal Palace are all in the race to sign Bournemouth flyer David Brooks, according to Sky Sports.

The winger endured a frustrating campaign with the Cherries, missing a large part of the season through injury, before returning and suffering relegation.

It seems unlikely that Brooks will return to the Championship, with plenty of clubs now chasing his signature.

Newcastle could soon be taken over and that should hand Steve Bruce the go-ahead to add some new players.

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The Magpies finished 13th last season and the club’s new hierarchy will want to see improvement on that during 2020/21.

West Ham is perhaps another interesting one, with David Moyes set to embark on his first full season in charge.

With the club now flushed with cash, the Hammers will need to be shrewd in the market. Many of the players already linked to the London Stadium are youngsters or Championship performers.

Brooks signed for Bournemouth in 2018, costing the club £11.5 million from Sheffield United.

 

The right-winger failed to play in any of the Cherries’ 29 games prior to the restart but featured in all of the final nine fixtures.

His solitary goal of the 2019/20 campaign came in a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.

The dazzling right-winger is only 23 and he could yet become a Premier League star in years to come.

Brooks has 12 caps for Wales and with Bournemouth likely to be in need of cash following relegation, he probably won’t cost any potential suitors a fortune.

Intrigue

It will certainly be interesting to see where he does end up with the player very highly rated.

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He burst onto the scene as a teenager at Bramall Lane, scoring three goals and registering eight assists in 37 appearances.

The four potential destinations all have their benefits for Brooks. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is renowned for improving youngsters; whilst Roy Hodgson at Palace typically signs younger talents.

Newcastle and West Ham are perhaps in the box seat given the amount of first-team football they can offer and Brooks might have a decision to make soon.

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