According to the Daily Star, Bournemouth are desperate to keep hold of playmaker David Brooks amid interest from Premier League clubs.
It’s claimed that Everton have now joined Tottenham and West Ham United in the race to sign Brooks following Bournemouth’s relegation.
Despite suffering the drop, Bournemouth allegedly have no plans to cash in on Brooks, and see him as vital to their chances of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Bournemouth are selling defender Nathan Ake to Manchester City and are prepared to offload Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke, but Brooks is seemingly a different matter.
The Cherries won’t listen to anything less than £30million for Brooks, and hope that their asking price will put Everton and Spurs off.
Former Manchester City talent Brooks has thrived with Sheffield United and now Bournemouth, proving himself to be a silky and skilful playmaker capable of playing on the right flank or as a number 10.
A Welsh international, the 23-year-old has bounced back from a major ankle injury and looked bright in the latter stages of the season despite Bournemouth’s relegation.
It’s easy to see why Everton would want him, as he is a right-sided, left-footed playmaker who can provide real creativity – and that’s exactly what Carlo Ancelotti needs.
Brooks surely has a future at the highest level, but he may end up staying in the Championship if Bournemouth get their way.