SAINTS have agreed a deal to loan AFC Bournemouth winger David Brooks until the end of the season, the Daily Echo understands.

Brooks, 26, is set to undergo a medical this week ahead of the Thursday deadline on the winter transfer window. 

Saints hope to complete the Welsh international's tests on Tuesday but have yet to confirm his medical slot at Staplewood. 

Brooks scored and assisted two in Bournemouth's FA Cup rout of Swansea City on Thursday, with the Cherries running out 5-0 winners.

He has scored 18 goals and provided 17 assists in 127 appearances across the Premier League and Championship.

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Brooks helped Bournemouth to the Championship playoffs in 2020-21 but missed most of their following promotion through illness.

The former Manchester City product, who was coached by Saints director of football Jason Wilcox, was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin lymphoma.

He made his return in March 2023, scoring again for his country in September that same year. 

Cherries are understood to have wanted to keep Brooks but respected his wish for more regular minutes. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent over the weekend, Brooks said: "I've not had loads of minutes and sometimes it is difficult to go from minute one.

"I'm trying to show the gaffer why I should be playing. I want first-team football.

"Without being disrespectful, I've had two years out so I want to play, regardless of the circumstances.

"I'm looking to do that. I want first-team football, especially for my own career. Wales have some big qualifiers coming up so I am looking to play as many minutes as possible.

"Hopefully tonight has put me in the gaffer's mind. The squad is very good here and they've had a good few months.

"I just want to play first-team football. I'd love to continue my football here, but I think it's up to everyone to decide what the best situation is."

He continued: "If he thinks there isn't guaranteed first-team football for me here then I will explore opportunities elsewhere. 

"It is up to the gaffer and what he wants. I can try to work around that."

Brooks will become Southampton's second signing of the window - with both on loan deals from neighbours Bournemouth. 

Midfielder Joe Rothwell signed earlier in the month and has made appearances versus Swansea City and Watford.