The former Sheffield United standout David Brooks has long been a subject of transfer speculation, with Leeds United expressing interest in acquiring his services. However, it seems he will be joining a club rivaling the Whites for promotion to the Premier League instead.
According to The Athletic, the 26-year-old is poised to join Southampton on loan until the season’s conclusion.
Brooks recently expressed his desire for regular playing time, acknowledging that if he were to continue being on the fringes at Bournemouth, he would be open to exploring opportunities elsewhere.
He told the BBC: “I just want to play first-team football. I’ve had a lot of time of the sidelines and I don’t want to continue there.”
Brooks’ career faced a setback in 2021 when he was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma. However, he fought through the challenging period and was declared cancer-free in 2022. Subsequently, he made a triumphant return to action with Bournemouth.
It would be a smart move for the former Blade to join a club with a real feel-good factor as the Saints push on in their promotion bid.
As a side note, it all depends on what division the Blades are in next season, and how well the Welshman does in a loan spell, I wouldn’t mind seeing him back at the Lane next campaign to fill the void that James McAtee will leave when he returns to Manchester City in the summer.