Aston Villa could make a move for David Brooks in the summer if Bournemouth fail to earn promotion, the Athletic report.
Villa have emerged as admirers of Brooks in recent weeks, but the Athletic say that the transfer won’t be taking place any time soon.
Bournemouth seemingly want to keep hold of their key creator until the summer, and Villa seem to have other priorities this month, over strengthening their attack.
Villa also know that Brooks’ price-tag, which currently stands at £40 million (Daily Mail), could fall if they hold off from buying him now, if Bournemouth fail to make it back to the Premier League at the first team of asking, meaning they could land him at a cut price.
The Midlands side are said to be in the market for a winger, who is under the age of 26, as they look to improve their attacking options.
Brooks, who was hailed as ‘exciting’ by Ryan Giggs (Clwbpeldroed), would be an eye catching capture for the claret and blues, as his trickery has already impressed in the Premier League.
Brooks missed much of last campaign with injury, as Bournemouth were relegated, but during the season before he had been one of the Cherries; top players.
The skilful wide-man has shown flashes of brilliance in the Championship this term, but is yet to really hit his top form, and he may need to show his class consistently between now and the end of the season to fully convince Villa to make a bid for him.
If Brooks was brought to Villa Park he would give Smith another natural ball carrier to pick from, with Ross Barkley and Jack Grealish already at the club.