Report: Second Championship club joins race for Brighton midfielder

Bristol City are battling Brentford to sign Andrew Crofts on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, according to reports.

Brighton's Andrew Crofts is a loan target for Bristol City, according to Monday's Mirror.

As reported by HITC Sport on Saturday, Crofts is also on Brentford's radar, with manager Dean Smith identifying the 31-year-old as one of his top targets before the close of the loan window.

But City, who've been resurgent under new boss Lee Johnson, are themselves in the market for a new central midfield player, after Ben Gladwin returned to parent club Queens Park Rangers through injury.

Crofts has started just five of his 17 Championship appearances this season, and last featured in the Seagulls' 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City in February.

The Welshman still has a Euro 2016 spot in his sights and securing regular football could help him achieve that.

Crofts, who is out of contract this summer, has made over 350 career appearances to date, turning out for Gillingham, Brighton (twice) and Norwich City.

Brentford have fallen to 14th in the Championship following a run of five defeats in their last six matches, and are now only six points above the 20th-place Robins, who've won four in that time.

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