Crystal Palace have made an inquiry for Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks as new manager Patrick Vieira looks to further bolster his squad.
According to The Sun, the Eagles opened talks with the south coast club over the highly-rated 24-year-old, but the Cherries were quick to inform them that he’s not for sale.
The report claims that the Bournemouth hierarchy wanted £50m to release Brooks a year ago following their relegation from the Premier League and are now refusing to quote a price.
After leaving boyhood club Sheffield United in an £11.5m move back in the summer of 2018, Brooks enjoyed a fabulous maiden Premier League campaign at the Vitality Stadium.
The Wales international bagged seven goals and laid on a further five assists in 30 league appearances for his teammates as the versatile youngster showcased his quality and potential in the top flight. However, Brooks’ progress was severely hampered by a persistent ankle injury throughout 2019/20, limiting him to just nine outings in the entire campaign.
A return to form last season saw the creative talent make 13 goal contributions in all competitions, though, but his efforts weren’t enough to get Bournemouth out of the Championship.
As a result, the £14.4m-rated magician is now attracting interest from the Premier League, and Vieira openly admitted that he’s searching for extra reinforcements in Friday’s press conference.
“When you look at the squad we are maybe a little bit more light on numbers, and we are working hard to improve the squad (with) the window are still open. We will try to bring players that can improve our squad,” the Palace manager stated.
“I think where we are maybe a little bit more short is upfront and in the midfield, I think it would be good to reinforce those positions.”
Palace chairman Steve Parish has already pulled off several pieces of impressive business in the current window, securing the services of Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and Conor Gallagher.
Adding Brooks into the mix would certainly go down as another masterstroke from the capital club’s chief, given the impressive figures the Welshman has racked up at Bournemouth.