Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has assured the club’s fans that David Brooks is going nowhere during the January transfer window.
Brooks, 20, has been linked with both Liverpool and Everton since bursting in to the first-team at Bramall Lane this season and last week received his first call-up into the senior Wales squad.
According to TEAMtalk sources, Liverpool’s scouts have issued glowing reports about Brooks, who they believe could a Premier League starter within 12 months and have urged the club to make a move.
And on Monday a source close the situation told TEAMtalk: “David’s progress has been staggering, from fringes of the squad to first name on team-sheet – the ambition at United is now just to keep him for the rest of this season.”
Wilder though is adamant Brooks will not be sold.
“He won’t be going anywhere, I’ve said that,” Wilder said in an interview on the Blades’ official website.
“I’m building and he’s a big part of that as they all are. Sometimes there are casualties who fall by the wayside, some players who aren’t playing that want to go and play football.
“I totally understand and respect that, but we’re building and Brooko is going nowhere.”
Brooks, who joined the Blades’ academy from Manchester City in 2014, chose to play for England’s Under-20s in last summer’s Toulon Tournament before recommitting to Wales.
The attacking midfielder was called into Chris Coleman’s squad for this week’s World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland and could make his senior debut following injury to Gareth Bale.
“He’s made that decision so I’ll not get into it, but he’s a talented footballer and we wish him all the best,” Wilder added.
“It’s great recognition and fully deserved because he’s producing outstanding performances. It’s no good me standing here in front of you and saying he isn’t because it’s for all to see.”