David Brooks has been a revelation in his first Premier League season.
The fresh-faced play-maker has taken to life at Bournemouth like a duck to water, scoring seven times and providing five assists to establish himself as a potential front-runner for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
In short, the Welsh wizard has all the raw talent to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
But, as long as Mike Ashley remains at the helm of Newcastle United, the chances of Brooks wearing the famous black and white stripes look slim.
According to the Daily Star, Rafa Benitez wants to bring Brooks to Tyneside in the summer alongside his Bournemouth team-mate Ryan Fraser and Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.
Now, Brooks is a typical Newcastle signing in many ways; he is young, promising, and has a huge re-sale value. But he’d also cost somewhere in the region of £50 million, according to the Mirror, with that eye-watering price-tag more than likely to burst Benitez’s bubble. His value has certainly rocketed since he joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United for £11.5million.
Brooks would be a dream signing for Newcastle, but don’t expect Ashley to make this a reality.
Brooks would cost about 30-40m— Bafa Renitez (@goneforaburton6) April 16, 2019
These are EXACTLY the type of players we should be looking at!— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) April 16, 2019
All three are brilliant for their age and Prem ready.
Would love David Brooks at #NUFC Can’t see it but would love it.— Matthew Warren (@Nom_Dahl_Warren) April 16, 2019
#nufc if were looking to sign players like fraser and brooks etc then am excited.. but then i remember ashley is our owner— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) April 16, 2019
Not a hope in hell we’ll stump up the price for a single one of these.— Kieran Harm (@KieranHarm) April 16, 2019
Brooks will cost easy £35m, Ryan Fraser like £25-30m and Dwight McNeil about £20m.
If we won’t pay £16m for Rondon, our best player this year, no way we’ll pay those prices for those players. #NUFC https://t.co/WGjXSPfaRG
David Brooks won’t be sold in a million years unless a top 6 offers silly money-which they won’t yet. Imagine McNeil and Fraser in the middle of the park....♂️— Toon In Toon Out (@toonintoonout) April 16, 2019