Bournemouth winger David Brooks would be a “very good addition” to the Aston Villa squad, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender warned however that the 23-year-old may not go straight into Dean Smith’s starting XI.

The Mirror report Brooks is Smith’s top transfer target for the January window as he looks to add to the British core of his squad.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

The Wales international has played 18 times for Championship high-fliers Bournemouth this term after their relegation last season.

Brooks spent one full season in the top-flight before missing the majority of the last campaign with an ankle injury that required surgery.

In total, the English-born attacker scored eight goals and contributed three assists in 39 Premier League games.

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Villa are already well-stacked in wide areas with Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi, Jack Grealish and summer signing Bertrand Traore all impressing this term.

Asked by Football Insider whether Brooks could complement Smith’s existing options, Mills said: “He is a good player with lots of energy and he’s got quality as well.

“Undoubtedly he would add to Villa’s squad.

“Whether he would go straight into the first team is up for debate because there’s some very, very good player ahead of him in those positions.

“But certainly he would be a very good addition to the squad.”


Brooks moved to the Cherries from Sheffield United for a reported £11.5million fee in the summer of 2018.

He played 37 times across all competitions for the Blades and had established himself as one of the EFL’s rising stars before moving to the South coast.

In other news, a top pundit has claimed Aston Villa will be inundated with English offers after Dominic Revan’s temporary exit.