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Everton chasing England youth international amid loan controversy

Teenager David Brooks has caught the eye with recent performances

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Japan v England - Toulon Tournament
England youth team at the Toulon tournament
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Sheffield United teenager David Brooks is reported to be the subject of a bid from Everton who look to continue to stocking their Academy with England youth internationals and other talent from across Europe.

Days after signing Holland youth international Nathangelo Markelo and with the signing of winger Josh Bowler, the Blues are being linked with the attacking midfielder who was named best player in the recently concluded Toulon Tournament where the English Under-20 side won the top honours.

Brooks was originally scheduled to be loaned out to Chesterfield in League Two, but after picking up the accolade during the Toulon Tournament, the Blades reneged on their decision, leaving the Spireites fuming.

Part of the reason for the Blades to change their minds was the attention from Premier League club scouts for the player, including Everton.

The youngster, who will turn 20 in a matter of weeks, is a graduate of Manchester City’s youth academy and is yet to feature for the Sheffield senior side in the League. He spent two months on loan at Halifax Town during the 2015-16 season, scoring once in five appearances. He has one goal and three assists in nine games altogether for Halifax and Sheffield.

The Blades have been recently mentioned as a possible return destination for the Toffees club captain Phil Jagielka who began his career there. However, yesterday Cardiff City has also been brought up as an interested party as they are being managed by Neil Warnock, Jagielka’s former manager at Sheffield.