The battle for the signing of Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill is heating up as at least seven Premier League clubs are reportedly keen on acquiring his services.
West Ham are currently leading the charge for Brownhill against six other top-flight teams. Brownhill has been in great from and is one of the reasons Burnley are still battling for survival.
Over the course of the season, the 26-year-old has achieved an average rating of 6.91, according to WhoScored.
A report from 90min suggests that the players form has sparked the interest of at least seven Premier League teams. West Ham however, are supposedly favourites ahead of Aston Villa, Leeds United, Everton, Wolves and promoted duo Fulham and Bournemouth.
90min also say that David Moyes and his team see Brownhill as the perfect replacement for the outbound Mark Noble.
The Hammers have failed to add many signings in recent transfer windows, with striker and midfield areas the priorities.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have started most of West Ham’s game this season. They put up a fight against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-final defeat but more support is required.
Noble and Alex Kral are not up to the same standard as the pair and West Ham seemingly struggle without them.
Kral has had a very lack-lustre spell at the London Stadium on loan from Spartak Moscow and has underperformed massively.
The midfielder has appeared six times over the course of the season for West Ham and has only amassed an average rating of 6.41 according to WhoScored.
90min also understands that a deal could only cost £15million which, for a player of Brownhill’s quality, is a good investment.
How Brownhill has developed
The midfielder has cemented himself as one of Burnley’s first choice central-midfielder and has developed with the club.
Before Sean Dyche was sacked, the coach had a chat with Brownhill and told him to believe in himself more.
“I remember we had the conversation a while ago about believing and when I do get a chance I need to be composed and take it,” said Brownhill, speaking to Lancs Live.
“I am human and I go through spells in my career and games when I don’t believe in my ability too much.”
Brownhill’s most recent strike against Watford in Burnley’s 2-1 win could be his most important for the club amid the Clarets’ fight against relegation.
How Burnley star would suit Moyes
West Ham massively depend on both Rice and Soucek for their system to work. Brownhill would be able to ease the pressure off Soucek and fulfil the role well.
The former Bristol City star has a strong presence on the pitch. Last season, he amassed 69 interceptions in the Premier League last season.
West Ham are still on track to play European football next season. To compete well, however, they must find strength in depth and make meaningful additions this summer.
Brownhill should be at the top of the Hammers’ wish list this summer. A player of his quality is worth the step up in Premier League quality.