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By DAN KARELL
John Brooks’ successful first season in the Bundesliga has earned him a number of suiters from abroad, including in England.
The U.S. Men’s National Team centerback is being sought after by at least five clubs in the English Premier League, according to a Sky Sports News report. The report names Aston Villa, West Ham, Stoke City, Everton, and Newcastle as clubs interested in signing Brooks, whether it be this summer or beyond.
Brooks still has three seasons remaining on his contract with Hertha Berlin, the club he came up with and where he graduated from the youth academy. Last season, Brooks made just 16 Bundesliga appearances with 14 starts, battling injury, a lack of form, and personal issues with his manager before winning back his starting spot late in the season.
Though he earned his first USMNT cap last August after playing for both American and German youth national team sides, the 21-year-old was still a surprise selection for the 2014 USMNT World Cup squad. If he comes into a match at the World Cup, he’ll officially be cap-tied to the USA.
The report adds that while Brooks has interest from other clubs in the Bundesliga and in France, it’s thought that he would prefer to move to England if he left Hertha.
What do you think of this report? Do you see Brooks moving to an EPL club? Think he could start for any of those five?
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