According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham are trying to hijack Burnley’s move for Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill.
The Hammers have already signed Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy.
But it could be argued that David Moyes needs even more strength-in-depth in the middle of the park.
And Football Insider claims that West Ham are attempting to hijack Burnley’s alleged £9 million move for Bristol City’s Josh Brownhill.
The Daily Mail claimed yesterday that the Clarets have had a bid believed to be worth £10 million accepted for the 24-year-old.
Despite the discrepancy in the two reported fees, the amount required to prise Brownhill away from Ashton Gate should be somewhere in the region of £9-10 million.
So would the Bristol City midfielder be a good addition for West Ham?
If the Hammers do in fact beat Burnley to the 24-year-old’s signature, here’s what Hammers fans can expect from the Championship ace.
Brownhill has racked up five goals and two assists in 28 Championship appearances for the Robins this season (Transfermarkt).
The Bristol City man is a fine passer of the football, evidenced by his pass completion rate of 80.3% in the Championship this season. He has also averaged 1.3 key passes per game in those outings (Who Scored).
Brownhill has completed 0.7 successful dribbles per game this season, and has attempted 1.1 shots per match (Who Scored).
The 24-year-old is an all-round midfielder, and contributes defensively too. In 28 Championship outings, he has averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1.4 clearances per game (Who Scored).
All in all, the Bristol City ace seems like great value for money for £10 million.
And if West Ham do indeed beat Burnley to the midfielder, it could end up being a real coup for the east London outfit.