Date: 1st July 2018 at 10:38am
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AFC Bournemouth have announced their first signing of the summer, with Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks making the move to the south coast.

The Wales International has signed a four-year-contract at Dean Court.

Sheffield United midfielder David Brooks appears to have been one of Cherries manager Eddie Howe’s main targets this summer.

A 20-year-old midfielder, who was a product of the Manchester City academy, Brooks joined Sheffield United in 2014, signing a professional contract just one year later.

He represented England at Under 20’s level before switching allegiance to Wales, playing for their Under 21’s side before making his full international bow.

On Wednesday it was reported by Sky Sports News that AFC Bournemouth and Sheffield United had agreed on a transfer fee for Brooks.

That fee is reportedly £10million but could rise to around £15million with various clauses and add-ons written into the deal.

On Thursday, he was reportedly having his medical with AFC Bournemouth staff.

Last season he made 36 appearances for club and country and was considered as one of Sheffield United’s biggest assets. He signed a new contract and Sheffield United were keen to keep hold of the youngster.
Following the transfer, the Championship club have made a not so veiled dig at the players representative following the move for what they describe as “an undisclosed, club record fee”.

In a brief statement, Sheffield United’s website read…

United moved last season to reward Brooks with a new long-term deal and had no intentions to sell. However, following changes to his representation, interest from the Premier League proved a key driver in the player wanting to make the move, with the Blades forced to negotiate the best possible transfer fee, plus additional clauses, including a sell-on percentage.

The player himself, however, insists that it is more to do with the chance to play in the top tier of English football for an upcoming progressive manager like Eddie Howe.

Brooks told afcb.co.uk

“The chance to come and play for a club in the Premier League is a great opportunity for myself. I’m delighted to be on board,”

“When you look at Eddie Howe as a manager you want to be involved in something like that. He’s got big ambitions and with younger players he develops them well and he gives them a chance.

“That’s something I’m looking for and he was one of the main attractions for me to come to Bournemouth.”

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kirsikka wrote…

Great news! Sounds like the link player between forward and midfield for which many have been asking so fingers crossed it works out.

Also great to hear the rumour about the failed medical was nonsense. Glandular fever is pretty serious but he must be completely over it for us to sanction the move. – Join the conversation, click here.

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