Bournemouth are set to sign David Brooks from Sheffield United in a deal worth more than £10 million, according to the Bournemouth Echo.
There haven’t been many Premier League signings announced since the beginning of the World Cup, but the Cherries have managed to make progress.
For those that aren’t familiar with the 20-year-old midfielder, he is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League after establishing himself in Chris Wilder’s team.
The news of a deal being close have come out of nowhere, but there were links made between Bournemouth and Brooks earlier this summer.
Supporters can consider this a coup for their club, as the Welsh international had previously been rumoured to be a target for Tottenham by The Sun.
Although they didn’t act on that interest, it underlines how highly he is thought of within the game and bigger clubs will follow his progress with interest.
Brooks is at the early stage of his development and he could benefit massively from working with Eddie Howe. Until now, he has been mainly used as a substitute, but he has shown his class in the handful of starts he has been given.
The standout performance came against Sheffield Wednesday when he was started in a central role. The 20-year-old wasn’t overawed by the occasion and delivered a display of the highest quality.
One of the key reasons he has stood out as a big talent is his dribbling ability. Brooks is excellent at quickly manoeuvring the ball to beat an opposition player and then move into the space created.
His end product needs work and his decision making can be questionable, but there is a lot to work with for Bournemouth.
Last season, he contributed three goals and four assists in the Championship, with a goal involvement every 164 minutes.
Considering his bit-part squad role, that is an impressive return and Sheffield United fans were hoping that 2018/19 would be a breakout year for him at Bramall Lane.
However, it now looks like they won’t get a chance to see the young midfielder in a Blades shirt again.
Sheffield United are a team on the up and they will have ambitions of challenging for a top six finish during the coming campaign.
Brooks could have been a difference maker for them if given a regular starting role. There were positive signs last season and he looked ready to make the next step under Wilder.
The decision to sell him is an understandable one, as they will be receiving a club record fee. That said, the reported fee of £10 million plus add-ons is one that will disappoint some supporters.
His potential is huge and he could be worth more than double that in 12 months’ time. They could be cashing in too soon.
On the other hand, if they can use the eight-figure sum to bring in two or three quality second-tier players, they could quickly transform themselves into a promotion contender.
The fact that Brooks wasn’t a regular starter last season means that it isn’t a disastrous departure, but there was a huge opportunity to turn him into the star of this team and that is now gone.