Leeds United have reportedly joined West Ham United in the race to sign Josh Brownhill from Burnley in a late move this summer.
According to an exclusive report by TEAMtalk, Leeds United have entered the chase to secure the services of Josh Brownhill before the summer transfer window slams shut. The 25-year-old Burnley midfielder is also the subject of interest from West Ham United, while Aston Villa are also tailing him.
Josh Brownhill joined Burnley from Bristol City in January 2020 and has since gone on to establish himself as a key figure at Turf Moor. Now a regular feature for the Clarets, the Englishman has gone on to amass 47 appearances for the Lancashire-based club, chipping in with a goal and an assist each.
A former member of the Manchester United academy, the 25-year-old midfielder seems to have impressed a number of fellow Premier League clubs, capturing the attention of the likes of Leeds United and West Ham United.
Leeds United are reportedly in the market for a midfielder this summer as they look to take some of the burden off of Kalvin Phillips while also having additional options to reprise the box-to-box midfield role. As a result, the Whites have been linked with a number of midfielders in recent times, including Lewis O’Brien, who is believed to be closing in on a switch to Elland Road.
Brownhill has now emerged as the latest target for Leeds, with Marcelo Bielsa an admirer of his talent. In fact, Leeds have already made several enquiries for the 25-year-old, suggesting they might be seriously considering a move. West Ham, on the other hand, have also been scouring the market for midfield options, as David Moyes continues to phase Mark Noble out in the final phase of his career.
To that end, the Hammers have been linked with a myriad of midfielders in recent times, from more attacking options to conservative ones, including Ellyes Skhiri, Jesse Lingard and Igor Gomes, among others. And Brownhill is an option worth considering for West Ham as well, with Moyes viewing him as the ideal long-term successor for Noble.
The report suggests that Brownhill would cost somewhere in the region of £15 million and it is unclear whether either or both of Leeds and West Ham can afford him. Meanwhile, Aston Villa also have their sights set on the Burnley midfielder, although their interest is far from serious. What now remains to be seen is if Brownhill is swooped away from Turf Moor late this window or if he remains with Burnley.