EXCLUSIVE: Sheff Utd, Burnley pushing for £15m midfield enforcer

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TEAMtalk understands Sheffield United and Burnley are both making a late push to sign Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill.

Bristol City are determined not lose one of the prize assets and it is believed they would demand a fee in excess of £15million for the combative midfielder, who played in Sunday’s Championship opener against Leeds.

Blades boss Chris Wilder is thought to be a long time admirer of Brownhill,23, and the club are looking to add energy to midfield before the window closes tomorrow at 5pm.

Burnley have been looking to strengthen their midfield all summer and Brownhill, who signed for City from Preston in June 2016, has also been a long term target of theirs.

Brownhill, who is under contract until 2021, scored six goals in 49 appearances for Lee Johnson’s men last season.

Warrington-born Brownhill signed a new deal with the Championship club in December 2017 – days after he was in the side hat knocked holders Manchester United out of the EFL Cup.

Johnson told bcfc.co.uk at the time: “I’m delighted Josh has signed his new deal.

“He has been a fantastic signing for this football club and I believe this is the right place for Josh to continue his development.

“He can earn the right to be a top, top player.”