Newcastle United are planning an ambitious approach to sign David Brooks from Bournemouth this summer, according to the Daily Star.
Manager Rafa Benitez is out of contract this summer and he has made it clear that the club will have to match his ambition if he is to commit his future to St James’ Park, meaning owner Mike Ashley might have to add to January’s £20 million signing Miguel Almiron.
Brooks would certainly cost more than £20 million. The Mirror reported recently that the highly-rated Welshman is valued at around £50 million these days, having joined Bournemouth from Sheffield United for a fifth of that fee just last year.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation on the South Coast, tallying seven goals and five assists in his first Premier League season to put himself in contention to win the Young Player of the Year award.
His skill and vision would certainly offer something different to a Newcastle attack that has already been enhanced by the speed and unpredictability of Paraguayan international Almiron.
The Star adds that another Bournemouth forward, the Scottish winger Ryan Fraser, is also on the Magpies’ radar.