Bristol City CEO addresses potential bids for Sheffield United and Burnley linked Josh Brownhill

Outside Ashton Gate Stadium during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on March 9, 2019 in Bristol, England.

It was reported that both Sheffield United and Burnley were making late pushes to sign the Bristol City star ahead of the August transfer deadline.

Outside Ashton Gate Stadium during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on March 9, 2019 in Bristol, England.

The Bristol City CEO, Mark Ashton, has issued a warning to any club wanting to sign his Sheffield United and Burnley linked midfielder, Josh Brownhill, in January.

Teamtalk reported that both Sheffield United and Burnley were making late pushes to sign the Bristol City star ahead of the August transfer deadline - with the Blades manager, Chris Wilder, in particular, said to be a long-term admirer.

And the website claimed that the Robins would have demanded a fee in excess of £15 million for Brownhill, who has scored or assisted six goals in 19 games for the Championship's fifth-placed side this season.

But asked how he will respond when the 'inevitable' happens and an approach does arrive, Ashton told the Bristol Post. "The message is really simple and that goes for all the players, we do not have to sell anybody and that’s where I am so fortunate, that Steve and Maggie (Lansdown, the Bristol City owners) are outstanding.

 

"I’ve been here when it was Jonathan Kodjia, Bobby Reid, Aden Flint, Webby (Adam Webster); they have never once said to me, go and get as much as you can."

"It’s been the other way around: part of the business development is, "Steve, this is happening with player X, we may get an offer in with player Y, if I think it’s the right offer I will bring it to you to get your thoughts and the board's."

"There’s never been a fallout with me, Lee, the Lansdowns on any player either incoming or outgoing at this football club and the reason for that is that the communication is so good and that’s the piece and as long as everybody is honest with the communication, you’re never going to go too far wrong."

Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United and Josh Brownhill of Bristol City compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August...

Brownhill is under contract at Bristol City until 2021 - although it is thought that his deal may contain a 12-month extension option.

But a move back north with either Sheffield United or Burnley - who remain in the hunt for European qualification - could appeal to the Warrington native after three-and-a-half years away.

Sheffield United and Burnley fans - would Brownhill be a good addition for your side?

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