Tottenham transfer news: Spurs to launch £80million double raid for Bournemouth stars Callum Wilson and David Brooks – reports

25 May

Tottenham are set to launch an £80million double raid for Bournemouth stars Callum Wilson and David Brooks, according to reports.

Wilson scored 15 goals during the 2018/19 campaign, while Brooks’ form saw him beat Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to the Welsh footballer of the year award.

Bournemouth have a battle on their hands to keep Callum Wilson and David Brooks this summer
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The Sun claim the duo’s performances over the past year have convinced Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino to spend big on them.

Wilson signed a new four-year deal with the Cherries last July as Brooks, an £11.5million signing from Sheffield United last summer, agreed fresh terms in March.

Tottenham have not signed a player since Lucas Moura’s £25million arrival from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018.

But after guiding Spurs to a Champions League final, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is preparing to back Pochettino in the summer.

England striker Wilson has been identified as ideal back-up to Harry Kane, who has been plagued by ankle injuries this year.

And Pochettino is believed to be a big fan of Brooks, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past.

Both players are valued at £40million as Pochettino plans to overhaul his squad.

PFA Young Player of Year award nominees revealed: Liverpool, West Ham, and Manchester City stars included

20 Apr

Raheem Sterling could be on the verge of a double celebration as it was revealed had been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Also on the Player of the Year shortlist, the Manchester City ace heads the list of six 23 and under stars who have thrilled in the English top-flight this season.

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling

Joining Sterling on it is Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford, and Man City team-mate Bernardo Silva.

There are also spots for West Ham youngster Declan Rice and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks who has impressed since his summer move from Sheffield United.

Crystal Palace starlet Aaron Wan-Bissaka, though, misses out despite an excellent campaign at right-back.

Last year’s winner Leroy Sane is also an absentee, while team-mate Bernardo Silva is, like Sterling, on both shortlists.

 

How Newcastle United could line up next season if Rafael Benitez gets financial backing in the transfer market

18 Apr

Rafael Benitez has worked wonders at Newcastle United since taking over in 2016.

Although he could not prevent the Magpies from slipping into the Championship, his first full season saw the club make an instant return to the Premier League.

Rafael Benitez will be out of contract at the end of the season

After keeping the club up last year, Benitez is agonisingly close to repeating the feat.

Friday night’s win over Leicester City means Newcastle require just one more win to secure top-flight football next season.

However, the Spaniard is in danger of not having his ambition matched by the north-east giants.

According to The Times, Mike Ashley is in no rush to provide the former Chelsea boss with the funds he feels are necessary to compete.

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are yet to give Rafael Benitez a new deal

The 59-year-old provided Ashley with a wish list in the week before the game against Arsenal on April 1, but is still yet to hear a response.

With his contract up in May, the clock is ticking for Benitez.

However, the confusion has not stopped the transfer rumour mill from churning out some juicy gossip concerning the ‘Toon Army’.

According to the Daily Star, Bournemouth duo Ryan Fraser and David Brooks are on Newcastle’s radar along with Burnley wonderkid Dwight McNeil.

Brooks and Fraser have starred for Bournemouth this season

Of course, this is pure speculation and likely to depend on Benitez staying at the club.

But, should the Magpies keep the Spaniard and back him in the transfer market, they will have quite the side.

So how could Newcastle United line up next season? Scroll down to see how talkSPORT.com believes they *could* look next season.

Since the turn of the year, Benitez has opted for a back five system which relies on attacking wing backs to bomb forward and provide forward.

Dwight McNeil has enjoyed a spectacular break out season

But with Matt Ritchie reportedly free to leave in the summer, the club could lose one of their most integral members.

During his time at the Vitality Stadium, Fraser has played in both a right and left wing-back role to devastating effect.

With Ritchie potentially on his way out, the Scot could fit seamlessly into his role.

With Brooks potentially pulling the strings in the No.10 role, Dwight McNeil could excel.

The Burnley winger has blistering speed, tricky feet and has a penchant for scoring goals.

Naturally left-footed, the 19-year-old could excel by cutting inside from the right if he swaps with January signing Miguel Almiron.

So how could it all look? Check out this graphic for a potential starting XI for next season.

Happy with this team Newcastle fans?

Manchester United transfer news: 14 players most like to sign for the club this summer, including Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jadon Sancho and Gareth Bale

29 Mar

News of Ole Gunnar Solskjær being confirmed as Manchester United’s permanent boss has led to a number of top European players being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

The Norwegian’s overhaul at the club is likely to have players clamouring to join his revolution.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is just 2/1 to land a move to Manchester United
Gareth Bale’s time in Madrid has turned sour

Former Spurs ace Gareth Bale, is one player who has consistently been linked with a move to the club, while Jadon Sancho has also been the subject of speculation in recent weeks.

Solskjaer has done exceptionally well with a squad which was underperforming at the end of Jose Mourinho’s tenure so many United fans will be salivating at the thought of what he can do with some big transfers.

A right-back seems a must with Antonio Valencia leaving and Ashley Young ageing, while another midfielder wouldn’t go a miss bearing in mind how poor Fred has been since his big money move to the club.

But who are the most likely transfer in at Manchester United this summer? Find out the odds below.

 

Players Under 10/1 to sign for Manchester United

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 2/1

Gareth Bale – 2/1

Jadon Sancho – 3/1

David Brooks – 7/2

Toni Kroos – 4/1

Memphis Depay – 5/1

Mauro Icardi – 11/2

Isco – 6/1

Declan Rice – 7/1

Maxi Gomez – 7/1

Paulo Dybala – 13/2

Rafael Varane – 7/1

Phillippe Coutinho – 8/1

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 9/1

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “Despite the managerial change, there is little to suggest that the club are any closer to appointing that elusive Director of Football, so there seems little reason to expect a change to the transfer strategy.

“Given that Bale would come with a massive price tag and is 29 years-old, it’s not shocking to see him top the market.”

For more specials on the transfer market head to oddschecker.com

Arsenal and Tottenham target David Brooks admits he wants ‘to play at the highest level possible’

24 Mar

Arsenal and Tottenham target David Brooks has put the Premier League big guns on alert after revealing he wants to play at the very top sooner rather than later.

Brooks, 21, has scored six goals and contributed four assists in his first season for Bournemouth in the top flight.

David Brooks’ rise to stardom is a great story

His incredible rise to stardom was further recognised earlier this week when he beat international team-mate and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale to the Welsh Footballer of the Year gong.

The former Sheffield United sensation also claimed the Young Player trophy last year following a fantastic season for club and country.

His form has caught the eyes of the north London duo with a £40m summer move already being mooted — nine months after Eddie Howe bought him for £11m.

Brooks is content where he is right now, and he signed a contract extension earlier this month on the south coast keeping him at Bournemouth until the summer of 2022.

However, the Welshman is on a mission to play on the biggest stage, opening the door for a potential exit should one of the big guns come calling.

He said: “I want to play at the highest level possible — whether that is abroad or in England. I don’t know what the future holds for myself.



“Obviously the aim is to get up there and whatever opportunities come, I will have to make the decisions then.

“I am not really expecting it and the reason I signed the contract is I am happy at Bournemouth and the way my progression is going.

“I want that to continue and for the focus not to be on anything else.

“That is why I signed and I am very happy at Bournemouth.”

The Premier League’s most underrated players, according to a fan poll

20 Mar

Bernardo Silva has pipped Son Heung-min and Alexandre Lacazette to be named the most underrated player in the Premier League, according to a fans poll.

The Man City playmaker has been quietly sensational this season, recording five goals and seven assists in 29 league appearances.

But his superb displays often get drowned out by his star studded group of team-mates – with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne often snatching the headlines.

Silva has been voted the most underrated player in the league

The Portuguese romped home with 22% of the vote, while Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal stars Son and Lacazette took second and third with 17% and 16% of the vote respectively.

Son has been instrumental to everything Spurs have done this season, contributing 11 goals and five assists in 24 matches – and he stepped up when Mauricio Pochettino needed him most after Harry Kane was ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury.

While Gunners forward Lacazette has also been superb for Arsenal but has been overshadowed by the performances of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who is third in the scoring charts.

Other players to make it on the list include Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has incredibly only started one match this season and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijaldum, who has been key in Liverpool’s title-chasing campaign.

But which other stars made the list?

Find out the results in full below…

David Brooks: Wales midfielder signs new long-term contract with Bournemouth

4 Mar

David Brooks has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with Bournemouth, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Brooks, the Wales midfielder, has impressed throughout his debut season with the Cherries having only joined from Sheffield United last summer for a reported £11.5million.

The youngster has scored six goals in 26 appearances for the south coast club, and he’s admired by the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham.

However, he has committed his future to Eddie Howe’s side by signing fresh terms.

“When talks started about a new deal it was something I wanted and it didn’t take long to sort out,” Brooks said.

“When I arrived at the club, not many people would have anticipated the start I have made – myself included.

“I’m happy with the amount of games I’ve played and the performances I’ve put in for the team.

“I’ve loved every minute of my time here so far and I’m really happy to extend my contract.”

Howe added: “David has impressed everyone from the minute he stepped through the door, with his mature, creative performances on the pitch backed up by a good attitude and professional lifestyle off it.

“This contract means he can concentrate on developing his game with us, and it’s been an excellent start to David’s AFC Bournemouth career.”

Brooks began his career in Manchester City’s academy and spent 10 years with the reigning Premier League champions before switching to Sheffield United in 2014.



He made 33 appearances for Chris Wilder’s side after debuting in August 2016, earning a well-deserved move to Bournemouth last July.

Born in Warrington, Brooks represented England at Under-20 level and was named the best player at the 2017 Toulon Tournament. However, he later switch his international allegiance to Wales – his mother is from Llangollen – and was handed his senior debut later that year.

The 21-year-old has since won eight further caps for Ryan Giggs’ side, though remains without a goal to his name.

David Brooks has gone from scrawny Manchester City kid to Premier League star wanted by Tottenham and Man United

4 Feb

David Brooks dreamed of playing in the Premier League, but it looked as if it might not happen for him when he was released by Manchester City in 2014 after a decade at the club.

Then he joined Sheffield United.

Brooks is starring for Bournemouth

Impressing in the Championship, the Wales international was eventually signed by Bournemouth for £11.5m last summer and has seized his chance with both hands.

But, how did he arrive at this point? A once skinny, but ultimately talented player, Brooks is now starring against the top flight’s elite, with rumours that Manchester United are monitoring him.

talkSPORT.com looks at Brooks’ journey to the top…


“You’ve got to keep grounded, my mum and dad wouldn’t let me do that anyway, I think I’d get a clip around the ear,” Brooks said on his rise to becoming a Premier League footballer.

Chelsea could have done with Brooks’ parents in defence last Wednesday; it’s no exaggeration to say they probably would have done a better job stopping him. A clip would have at least resembled a challenge.

An assist and another goal, Brooks ran rings around Chelsea in the 4-0 win. It was the latest chapter in one of the season’s success stories.

Brooks scored and set up one against Chelsea

It did not always look as if it would be this way, however. When, in 2014 aged 17, he was let go by City. Brooks, understandably, was disheartened.

“Getting released from City was a big step for me, to go and find a new club,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think it basically it teaches you that you don’t want that feeling again, obviously the devastation at the time.

“I didn’t leave on the best of terms – it was one of them: ‘Go and sort yourself out,’” he recalls. “Obviously there were a few tears and things like that, at 17. But you’ve just got to get on with it and dust yourself off.”

And he did. But his football was never the issue. The technical ability was evident, the flamboyance and skill also; it still is today, as is his slender build. No longer an issue now, Brooks’ slight stature, he stood just 5ft 3in, once looked as if it may go against him.

“The questions we had were around his physicality,” then Sheffield United academy manager Neil Cox said. “He was two or three years behind in terms of his physical development. His shirt was hanging off him; his shorts were below his knees.

The midfielder in action for Sheffield United

“He looked like a little boy. His ability to compete with boys of the same age was seriously impaired. It was about weighing up his qualities against the areas he needed help with.”

Five years on from his release by City as a teenager, Brooks has progressed rapidly.

A brief loan spell with Halifax Town was followed by 30 Championship appearances for the Blades, so too did his first senior goal – the winner against Leeds United in the Yorkshire Derby.

Brooks helped England win the Toulon Tournament in 2017

He was named in the England squad, 11 minutes after withdrawing from the Wales team, for the Toulon Tournament in 2017.

Brooks caught the eye, scored in the final and was named the competition’s best player, an award previously won by Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and James Rodríguez.

Later that year, he made his senior debut for Wales – his mum being from Llangollen in North Wales.

Given Gareth Southgate’s penchant for giving youth a chance, the switch of allegiance is definitely England’s loss, but then Brooks’ hero is former Manchester United winger and current Wales manager Ryan Giggs. A picture of the pair shaking hands is the background on his Twitter account.

Brooks in action for Wales

On the same page, his pinned tweet is a nutmeg on Sheffield Wednesday’s Jack Hunt. There is a five-minute YouTube video of the audacious trick on loop. That skill showcased his confidence and ability to a wider audience. Inevitably, his chance for bigger and better would come. The following July it did. A phone call from Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe caught Brook off guard.

“It was very weird. I can’t remember where I was but my agent just passed the phone over to me and said ‘oh yeah, that’s Eddie Howe'” Brook recalls.

“I was a bit surprised. There was a bit of nerves there, you want to say the right things and try and come across good yourself. It was a bit weird, but you just have to get used to that, haven’t you?”

The then 20-year-old midfielder eventually signed for £11.5million, a bargain in today’s inflated transfer market. His Premier League debut came against Cardiff following a series of impressive showings in pre-season.

“David deserved to start on the back of that performance and I was really pleased with his contribution,” Howe enthused.

“He’s young, yes, but he’s talented and I think you saw a glimpse of what his potential is. I’m really pleased with him.”

As the season progressed, so too has Brooks. A goal in a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace back in October earned him the club’s Player of the Month award, he also scooped the same accolade two months later. Each time he has scored, Bournemouth have won.

Now a sturdy 6ft, Brooks is far more robust, resilience to match the substance. The baby-faced look remains, stubble absent.

Despite his slender build, Brooks has held his own in the Premier League

Tottenham are said to be preparing a £50m summer bid for Brooks, who was on their radar last year. Manchester United are also keen.

“Must be wishing they had signed David Brooks now…would have been the ideal fit,” tweeted journalist Alan Nixon.

Alongside Harry Kane, Dele Ali and Heung-Min Son, Brooks would certainly flourish.

In a time when young British talents are seeking solace in the Bundesliga – think Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho – it’s refreshing to see a club give a youngster the chance to play, to express himself without consequence.

Brooks has done so much in such a short space of time and if he has become big-headed, his parents would surely have forgiven him.

Tottenham set to rival Manchester United with £50million bid for Bournemouth star David Brooks – reports

3 Feb

Tottenham are preparing a £50million summer bid for Bournemouth star David Brooks in the hope of beating Manchester United to his signature, reports claim.

The 21-year-old is wanted by a host of clubs following a spectacular start to life in the Premier League.

David Brooks has starred for Bournemouth this season

Spurs were reportedly interested in the midfield sensation last summer, when he ended up joining the Cherries from Sheffield United for just £11.5million.

But now, according the Daily Mirror, Spurs are determined to get their man and will renew their interest in the summer with a huge bid.

Brooks, who recently starred in Bournemouth’s 4-0 demolition of Chelsea, has six goals and four assists in the league this season.

He’s in the running to be named PFA Young Player of the Year, although an untimely ankle injury will rule him out for the next month.

The midfielder has six goals this term

Spurs recently became the first club in Premier League history to go two consecutive transfer windows without signing any players and manager Mauricio Pochettino has often rued the club’s lack of funds compared to other top six teams.

It is understood Man United also regularly check on the Welshman’s progress and could launch a summer bid of their own.

The most fouled players in the Premier League this season, including Wilfried Zaha, Paul Pogba and Eden Hazard

1 Feb

For every awe-inspiring dribble you see on a football pitch, there is (inevitably) at least one member of the opposition looking to ‘disrupt’ their flow.

When Diego Maradona shimmied his way through the England defence on that fateful, scorching hot day at Mexico ’86, you can bet your life Peter Reid wishes he had scythed the magician down.

Hazard knows what it is like to receive special attention in the Premier League

For every showstopping artiste that captures the imagination of the crowd, there is an unscrupulous enforcer looking to stop them – this has been the pattern in football since records began.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left incensed as a frustrated Wilfried Zaha saw red for two petulant yellow cards at Southampton on Wednesday night.

The former England boss said of his talisman: “It’s disappointing that a player who perhaps provided the most entertainment throughout the game was consistently fouled.

“That he wasn’t able to contain his frustration with that consistent fouling and complains about a foul that wasn’t given and probably should have been.

A cynical foul could have stopped one of the greatest goals in football history

“I don’t think he’s targeted as a person I just think players who run with the ball as well as he does just get fouled. His play was good enough to provoke those fouls.”

But does Hodgson have a point; do players who constantly look to dribble the ball constantly get fouled?

Thanks to Whoscored.com, it’s possible to see who has been fouled the most so far in the Premier League this season.

20. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Murray has been fouled 34 times this season

19. Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Mane has been fouled 36 times

=19. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton)

Hojbjerg has been fouled 36 times

17. Ashley Barnes (Burnley)

Barnes has been fouled 37 times

=17. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham)

Mitrovic has been fouled 37 times

15. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

Fraser has been fouled 38 times

=15. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

Xhaka has been fouled 38 times

=15. Felipe Anderson (West Ham United)

Anderson has been fouled 38 times

=15. David Brooks (Bournemouth)

Brooks has been fouled 38 times

11. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City)

Murphy has been fouled 40 times

=11. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)

Townsend has been fouled 40 times

9. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Kane has been fouled 41 times

8. Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

Gunedouzi has been fouled 42 times

=8. James Maddison (Leicester City)

Maddison has been fouled 42 times

=8. Isaac Success (Watford)

Success has been fouled 42 times

5. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Pogba has been fouled 44 times

4. Richarlison (Everton)

Richarlison has been fouled 52 times

=4. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal)

Torreira has been fouled 52 times

2. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Zaha has been fouled 63 times

1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Hazard has been fouled 69 times