Sheffield United: Blades hope to tough it out despite top-flight interest in young star

David Brooks has attracted top-flight interest: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
David Brooks has attracted top-flight interest: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Sheffield United are determined to try and keep David Brooks at Bramall Lane, despite acknowledging the Wales international is being monitored by a number of Premier League clubs.

AFC Bournemouth have registered their interest by confirming, albeit through an intermediary, that Dean Court’s hierarchy are willing to sanction a £10m plus bid later this summer.

Although United are yet to receive any official offers for Brooks, senior figures at Bramall Lane responded by making it clear they are not looking to cash in on the youngster who made over 30 senior appearances last term.

But manager Chris Wilder and his coaching staff accept that hardline stance is unlikely to deter Eddie Howe or Brooks’ other admirers, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, from making an enquiry should they include him on their list of targets.

With the team finishing bottom of the PL receiving around £100m in prize money, television and solidarity payments, United could find it difficult to fend-off an approach from a top-flight side.

Brooks, who recently changed his agent, features at the heart of Wilder’s plans for the new Championship campaign and won his latest Wales cap last month.

Chris Wilder would prefer David Brooks to stay at Bramall Lane

Chris Wilder would prefer David Brooks to stay at Bramall Lane