Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed to the Sheffield Star that David Brooks is set to leave the club. The Welsh international is set to undergo a medical with AFC Bournemouth prior to a £15million deal for the highly-rated youngster.

However, Wilder hinted that ‘nothing surprises me in football’, suggesting that the deal is anything but complete at this stage. Nevertheless, it looks as though Brooks has kicked his last ball in anger for the Blades, who will receive a multi-million pound fee for the talented 20-year-old.

A fee was agreed last night between the respected parties, and Wilder is now starting to prepare for life after Brooks,

“Nothing surprises me in football. The deal still has to be completed and we’ll put out a statement when it is.”

The player only signed a fresh contract with the club as recently as October, but a move into the top flight is too much to turn down, even more so at the price the Cherries are willing to play.

The maths of the deal is this; Sheffield United will receive an upfront fee of £12million for the transfer. A further £3million would be sanctioned depending on various clauses being met, most likely such as appearances for both club and country, or if any major honours are won.

Wilder will be hoping to use those funds directly to improve the squad, and find a replacement for the Welshman, however, he stated that will be a ‘conversation we’ll have when the deal is done’.


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