West Ham have today hijacked Burnley’s bid to sign midfielder Josh Brownhill from Bristol City, Football Insider can reveal.
Sean Dyche’s side have been working on a deal all month for the Championship club’s 24-year-old and have now had a bid worth £9million accepted.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club have made contact over Brownhill and made clear to City they are willing to match the price Burnley are paying.
This comes as Brownhill prepares to undergo a medical at the Premier League club and complete what has been a protracted transfer.
West Ham’s ambush may have come too late in the day for them to force a U-turn from the central midfielder.
Burnley are well placed to get a deal done as not only do they have an agreement with City but their striker Nahki Wells is heading to Ashton Gate.
That potential deal was first revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, although the Bermuda international forward’s move is not in part-exchange for Brownhill.
The two transfers are understood to be independent of one another.
Brownhill has been a mainstay of Lee Johnson’s side and key to their chase for promotion from the Championship this season.
The Englishman has started 27 of the Robins’ 28 league matches this campaign, scoring five goals and producing two assists from midfield.