Leeds United have made contact with Burnley for the signing of midfielder Josh Brownhill in this summer transfer window.
Now, TEAMtalk have claimed that the Whites have made an approach to sign Brownhill, and that they have made enquiries over his availability.
The report adds that Bielsa is a huge admirer of the midfield powerhouse, and that while the Yorkshire club have made contact, fellow Premier League side Aston Villa are also said to be interested.
Given Leeds’ long quest to sign a central midfielder in this summer transfer window, news that the Whites are eyeing up a move for a Premier League experienced player in Brownhill is sure to relieve Bielsa.
When discussing the midfielder in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Aston Villa man Lee Hendrie said: “Josh Brownhill, I think he is a fabulous player, I really do. Out of (Sander) Berge and him, I’d take Brownhill all day just because Josh Brownhill reminds me of John McGinn.
“He’s very energetic, he’s very neat and tidy on the ball, he gets up and down the pitch well and you know what you’re getting when you’re getting a player from Burnley, Sean Dyche, what he expects. And, obviously, he’s proved that he can do this step up, coming from Bristol City, so I’d certainly take him all day.”
Speaking after his signing, Dyche spoke glowingly about the kind of player he had brought in, saying: “I think he’s a team player, team thinker, can use the ball, cover the ground when needed, a modern midfield player.”
Valued at £12.7m by CIES, Brownhill enjoyed an impressive debut campaign at Premier League level with Burnley last season, becoming a permanent fixture in Dyche’s starting line-up and playing 24 times in the top-flight.
While someone like Lewis O’Brien would also be an astute signing, Brownhill’s experience of actually playing at the highest level should stand him in far better stead than the Huddersfield Town man in terms of hitting the ground running at Elland Road.
It’s exactly why Leeds’ late interest in Brownhill should have Bielsa buzzing.