Crystal Palace could sign the ideal attacking partner for Wilfried Zaha this summer after being linked with a move for Bournemouth forward David Brooks.
According to The Sun, Palace have had an inquiry knocked back by the Championship outfit for the highly-rated 24-year-old, but new manager Patrick Vieira may be tempted to test their resolves in the final weeks of the transfer window.
The report states that the Cherries were demanded a £50m fee to release Brooks a year ago following their relegation from the Premier League and are now refusing to quote a price.
After rising through the ranks at boyhood club Sheffield United, Brooks moved to the Vitality Stadium in July 2018 and enjoyed a fabulous first campaign in the top-flight.
He bagged seven goals and laid on a further five assists in 30 league appearances as the Wales international transitioned to life on the south coast with ease.
However, a serious and persistent ankle injury throughout 2019/20 limited Brooks to just nine outings in the entire season, meaning he was helpless to prevent Bournemouth from finishing in the bottom three, consigning them to the second-tier.
Their relegation led to several teams being linked with a move for the youngster, including his former side Sheffield United, and their former manager Chris Wilder made no efforts to hide his admiration for the versatile attacker.
“I’d love, and maybe I’m out of order for saying this, but I mean it with the utmost respect, to bring David Brooks back to this football club,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.
“If he was available that is. Maybe I’m wrong for talking about him, but he’s a match-winner.”
No bid came in for Brooks, though, and he remained a Bournemouth player last season, playing a pivotal part as they reached the play-off semi-finals.
As per WhoScored, he averaged an impressive 1.4 shots per league game last term, 1.1 key passes and 1.1 dribbles, highlighting his quality on the ball and ability to unlock the tightest of defences.
His potential arrival would likely see Brooks line up alongside Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha in Vieira’s preferred lineup, and the pair could form a formidable partnership in south London.
With Zaha right-footed, and Brooks favouring his left, Palace could select the two inside forwards in the same starting XI, allowing them to cut in on their stronger foot to potentially devastating effect.
Having the electric duo destroy opposition defences on either flank could cause Premier League sides a whole host of issues when coming up against them and makes the £14.4m-rated Brooks a perfect acquisition for Vieira in the current window.
Therefore, Palace chairman Steve Parish must return to Bournemouth with a formal offer in an attempt to secure Brooks’ signature, forming a forward line capable of firing the Eagles to their 10th consecutive campaign in England’s top division.