Leeds United have joined the hunt to sign Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill, according to a report.
TeamTalk claims that the Robins are locked in talks with Brownhill, 21, to prevent him from falling into the clutches of a number of Premier League and Championship sides pursuing his signature.
It is understood that the Premier League quartet of Bournemouth, Leicester, Burnley and Newcastle are all interested in signing the versatile playmaker, who can play in the centre of midfield or on the right wing.
Derby and Leeds are reported to be the two Championship sides keen on Brownhill, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The report says that Bristol City are desperate to get the former Preston midfielder to sign on the dotted line as he has played a key part in Lee Johnson’s side this season.
Across all competitions this term, Brownhill has made 22 appearances, scored three goals and supplied two assists.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds may be interested in Brownhill as he could potentially be available on the cheap with his contract nearing expiration, but they really do not need him. United have a great deal of depth in the midfield and on the right wing so their focus is better served elsewhere. Thomas Christiansen’s squad is pretty unbalanced so he could do with adding some more faces to his defence first and foremost. A left-back should be a priority as well as a centre-back due to injuries and suspensions playing havoc with squad selection at times. Brownhill is a good player, but Leeds should let this ship sail.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are eyeing a double January swoop as Christiansen plans to axe this fringe duo.