The pursuit of Josh Brownhill certainly extends beyond the borders of Yorkshire, with more than a few clubs chasing the highly rated 21-year-old midfielder from Bristol City. He is currently playing in a side who are challenging for promotion, although keeping that up (as we know) isn’t easy. Brownhill is certainly showing huge progression this season.
The young central midfielder’s admirers go beyond even the Championship. Newcastle United are one of the clubs reportedly leading the race to sign him, and the interesting thing about this deal is that he can leave on a pre-contract agreement at the end of the season, and that can be discussed with any club come January, so just a few weeks away. The other option is that Bristol City sell the player come January to make sure they get some decent money for the player, rather than let it drag on until the summer. They are currently in talks with the player to try to convince him to stay at the club but as we all know, when the bigger clubs come calling it isn’t easy to say no.
Newcastle United, Derby County and now Leeds United have all been linked with the player in recent days. Derby have also been linked with talented Bolton Wanderers midfielder Josh Vela, another player that Leeds have been rumoured to be interested in recently. Brownhill is a box-to-box midfielder who likes to get on the scoresheet, a recent winner at Hull showing just what he is capable of, a dipping effort to secure a 2-3 win after being 2-0 down. He also likes to put his foot in and doesn’t shy away from work, something that is key at Leeds United. Luke Ayling made the switch last summer, and hasn’t looked back, could Brownhill be tempted to follow the same path?