Manchester United interest in David Brooks is rather more serious than widely assumed, Sport Witness has been informed, and there could even be developments relatively quickly.

The Bournemouth player has been suggested in various reports as an alternative to Jadon Sancho for the Premier League club. And whilst he may not waltz into the starting eleven quite as easily, the idea has gone further than the initial stage, and it’s clear a deal for the 23 year old would be much easier to complete than one for the England international.

Borussia Dortmund have insisted the deadline for a Sancho exit has passed, and they’ve spoken to the media so often about the situation that selling the former Manchester City player now would damage their credibility.

That doesn’t completely rule out the idea, but it’s clearly an uphill battle for Manchester United.