Leeds United are firmly back in the mix to sign Josh Brownhill this summer, claims a report – but the potential deal hinges on one major outcome.
The midfielder has been one of Burnley’s most consistent stars in recent weeks under the leadership of interim coach Mike Jackson. Together, they have helped the Clarets claim three successive victories to kickstart their survival push. Indeed, Brownhill scored the crucial winner last weekend with Burnley fighting back to record a crucial win at Watford.
He will likely be central to Burnley’s plans as the race for survival goes to the wire.
However, his long-term future at Turf Moor looks far from certain.
And as per 90minLeeds are ready to resurrect their efforts to prize the midfielder across the Pennines this summer.
We exclusively revealed how Brownhill was a target for Leeds, then under Marcelo Bielsa, last summer.
Ultimately, Leeds decided against his signing, deciding instead to spend £25m on Daniel James. The winger signed from Manchester United, joining Junior Firpo (£13m), Jack Harrison (£11m) and Kristoffer Klaesson (£1.6m) as their summer signings.
Now, though, Leeds are ready to go back in for Brownhill this summer, with the 26-year-old also catching Jesse Marsch’s eye.
The report states West Ham are also keen on the midfielder with David Moyes an admirer.
Furthermore, Wolves, Aston Villa and Everton are also watching developments.
As per the report though, it is apparently West Ham and Leeds who lead the chase.
Leeds’ hopes of a deal, however, rest on their survival prospects.
The Whites are firmly embroiled in the fight for survival again on the back of Burnley’s incredible run.
Marsch’s side looked as good as safe a month ago following a 3-0 win at Watford. But just one point since, together with Burnley’s run, means it is likely to be one of them, or Everton, who drop.
Leeds face a trip to Arsenal on Sunday, while Burnley host Aston Villa on Saturday. You can see our predictions for the weekend here.
Josh Brownhill deal may end lengthy Leeds wait
If Leeds United do succumb to relegation, questions will be asked of their transfer policy.
Despite an obvious gap and a glaring lack of depth in their side, the Whites failed to sign a new midfielder last summer and again in January.
While Adam Forshaw’s return has spared them to a certain extent, he is now out for the season after fracturing his kneecap. Furthermore, the long injury absence of Kalvin Phillips has left Leeds alarmingly light in midfield.
Incredibly, Leeds’ last midfield signing was Forshaw all the way back in January 2018. Astonishingly, they have now gone seven transfers windows since without adding to their midfield department.
Should they stay in the Premier League, lessons will have to be learned about their failures. And the capture of Brownhill may finally see Leeds address that long wait to sign a new midfielder.
Should Leeds go down, however, their failure to strengthen that department will not go unnoticed and supporters will, rightly, point the finger.
Meanwhile, Marsch has paid a touching tribute to Stuart Dallas after revealing what sort of absence he faces following his broken femur.