Newcastle United and West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern were reasonably satisfied with their respective sides’ excursions over the weekend, with the Magpies drawing 2-2 at Southampton and the Hammers sharing the spoils with Burnley.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash at St Mary’s on Sunday having won three of their opening seven league games, and twice led through goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez only to be pegged back by a brace from Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini. While at Turf Moor on Saturday, Slaven Bilic’s West Ham took an early lead through Michail Antonio, but a red card for Andy Carroll midway through the first half instigated a Burnley onslaught from then on, and Sean Dyche’s men got the equaliser five minutes from time through Chris Wood to secure a 1-1 draw from the encounter.
However, our resident supporters of both clubs are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which outlines that reported target David Brooks has signed a new long-term deal with Championship side Sheffield United.
The 20-year-old midfielder began his youth career at Manchester City before making the move to Bramall Lane back in 2014, from which he has since gone on to make 15 first team appearances, in which time he has failed to net but has laid on five assists.
And his fine form in Chris Wilder’s midfield appeared to attract the interest of several sides in the Premier League, notably Liverpool, Newcastle, and West Ham, and all those interested parties are sure to be disappointed as reports suggest that the Welshman, who earned a call-up to Chris Coleman’s senior squad earlier this year, has signed a new deal with the Blades.
Thus, both Benitez and Bilic will have to turn their attentions to other transfer targets when the window reopens in January.
Landlord’s verdict: David Brooks has shot to prominence in the last few years at Sheffield United, and has proven his worth to manager Chris Wilder in their Championship campaign this term as well.
The 20-year-old midfielder has featured in all but two of their league games thus far to underline his importance to the Blades chief, and his form hasn’t gone unnoticed either, what with Chris Coleman calling him up to the Wales squad, and several top-flight sides keeping tabs on his progress.
Newcastle and West Ham in particular would have been looking at Brooks as someone who can lead them in the coming years, but that challenge has now become mightily difficult given the midfielder’s recent contract extension at Bramall Lane.
Thus, their attentions to bring young talent to their respective clubs will have to turn to other transfer targets.
Newcastle and West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!