Report: USA defender John Brooks attracting Premier League interest

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Ecuador  at USA

The 23-year-old Hertha Berlin centre-back is reportedly being eyed by several English clubs after impressing at the Copa America Centenario with the US national team this month.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Ecuador  at USA

Hertha Berlin and USA defender John Brooks is attracting interest from “multiple” Premier League clubs, according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

Brooks, 23, had been enjoying a stellar Copa America Centenario campaign until Tuesday night’s 4-0 semi-final defeat to Argentina, standing out as the USA’s star performer during their run to the tournament’s last four.

The German-born centre-back has also been in fine form for Hertha over the last two seasons, helping the club secure the Bundesliga’s final Europa League qualification spot last term with a seventh-place finish, and was linked with top-flight rivals Schalke and Wolfsburg during the most recent transfer window [h/t mlssoccer.com].

John Brooks

However, his Copa America performances this month are believed to have altered clubs from further afield, with Wahl now suggesting that the 25-times capped international could be bound for England before long.

He is just four months removed from penning a contract extension until 2019, however, and Hertha have remained adamant that their budding star is not for sale.

Speaking to German publication BZ last week, sporting director Michael Preetz said: “No! He has long-term contract here, and we are delighted if he continues to play such a good tournament.”

John Brooks

BZ had previously reported that Hertha may be willing to sell Brooks if they receive an offer in excess of £15 million, but it’s safe to assume that his asking price has soared over recent weeks after his Copa America heroics.

Whether any of his rumoured suitors have the resources to lure him away from Germany remains to be seen at this stage, but the 6ft 4in stopper has spoken of his desire to move to the Premier League before the latest reports surfaced.

"I am certainly not the only one to say that it would be nice to play in the Premier League,” Brooks told Kicker in February [h/t ESPN FC]. “And this statement is still true, but now is not the time. Something big is in the making here in Berlin, and I want to be part of it."

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