Third time lucky? Leeds United return to Bristol City for Josh Brownhill

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Leeds United missed out on Aden Flint and Joe Bryan in the summer but will they finally sign a Bristol City star in Josh Brownhill?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Some clubs have a favourite market that they return to every transfer window. The Graham Carr era Newcastle United did most of their shopping across the Channel while Huddersfield Town have used David Wagner’s expertise to uncover bargains from Germany’s lower leagues.

Leeds United, however, appear set to send their scouts down the M1 once again – more specifically, in the direction of Bristol.

Because TEAMtalk claim that Leeds are keen to sign Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill in the January transfer window. And the 21-year-old midfielder is far from the first Robins star to be linked with a move to Elland Road in recent months - and this is without mentioning the inspired signing of right-back Luke Ayling from Ashton Gate in the summer of 2016.

Josh Brownhill of Bristol City and Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace during the Caraboa Cup Fourth Round match between Bristol City and Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate on October 24, 2017...

According to the Bristol Post in July, man mountain centre-back Aden Flint and adventurous left-back Joe Bryan were both on Leeds’ radar in the summer as they aimed to replace Kyle Bartley and Charlie Taylor.

6ft 7ins Flint (below) has been a real talisman for City over the last few years and is as potent a weapon in the opposition as he is in his own. While Bryan is one of the Championship’s top left-backs, a constant attacking outlet on the flank.

Aden Flint of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Derby County on April 19, 2016 in Bristol, United Kingdom.

The report, however, claimed that the defensive duo were out of Leeds’ price range – but it remains to be seen whether that is the case for Brownhill.

It is understood that the combative talent is out of contract this summer and City only have the option to tie him down for a further 12 months. Therefore, Lee Johnson’s side may find themselves in a position unable to demand top dollar for one of the Championship’s most improved players this season.

Finances may be less of an issue for Leeds this time, then. But with Premier League interest from Newcastle United, Burnley, Bournemouth and Leicester City, bringing Brownhill to Elland Road is still easier said than done.

Although considering how impressive Ayling has been since moving to West Yorkshire on a bargain fee, Leeds should put all their efforts into raiding their favourite market once again in January.

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