Manchester United were claimed a week ago to be considering a move for David Brooks, The Mail reported.

While there has currently been no progress on a move, this is the type of transfer United could return to later in the transfer window.

Brooks is a very talented player, who while he lacks the big name value of other transfer targets, could still present a very good signing – at the right price.

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Former Wales player Nathan Blake believes Brooks has the right qualities to thrive at Old Trafford.

Blake raved to the the MEN about Brooks: “I think he’s a great player, he’s got great game intelligence.

“He can play anywhere, central midfield, centre-forward, left-wing or right-wing and to do that you need a great understanding of football, which he’s got, versatility comes with that.

“He can be dominant because he understands the game, just like Ryan Giggs was when he moved from the left into central positions. Brooks I think is possibly, other than Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, Wales’ best player.

“I think he’d be at home at any level, I think he’s that good a player. I look at him and think he could play for anybody: Barcelona, Juventus, Man United – I think he’s that kind of boy.”

 

Making decisions

At a time at which United are still working out which players to sign, United supporters are also split as to whether Brooks would be a game-changing talent we need.

Clearly additional players are required for squad depth, and Blake’s assessment of Brooks’ ability to star in multiple positions makes him a good fit.

It is also interesting to hear his ability to play as a striker talked up. The Sun once tipped him as a possible back-up for Harry Kane in the position when Mauricio Pochettino was linked with signing him for Tottenham in 2018.

At just 23, Brooks has the ability to be a big player, and he is unlikely to remain at Bournemouth for long after their relegation.

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The Mail‘s report Bournemouth wanted £40 million has put the potential move on ice for now. It’s a big amount and United should be looking to do a deal in the £25 million range.

For that price, it’s less of a gamble, which it would be, considering Brooks missed most of last season prior to the lockdown with an injury.

If he is United’s most expensive signing, there will be a lot of pressure too. But in addition to a Jadon Sancho, Brooks could be a very pleasant surprise if early expectations are not too high.

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