Brownhill Pursuit Hits Snag

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West Ham United’s summer transfer plans under incoming manager Julen Lopetegui have hit a snag regarding Burnley midfielder Josh Brownhill.

Earlier reports linked West Ham with a free transfer move for Brownhill, whose contract with Burnley was due to expire. However, Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has confirmed that the club activated a one-year extension in Brownhill’s contract, effectively ending West Ham’s hopes of acquiring him for free.

While a free transfer is off the table, West Ham could still pursue Brownhill in the transfer window. Negotiations would involve a transfer fee, considering Burnley has extended his contract. Brownhill only has one year remaining on his current deal, potentially making him a more affordable target.

West Ham already boasts a strong midfield with Tomas Soucek, James Ward-Prowse, and Lucas Paqueta. However, potential departures of Kalvin Phillips and Paqueta could create space for Brownhill, depending on West Ham’s transfer strategy and Lopetegui’s vision for the team.

With the free transfer route closed, West Ham will need to weigh the potential benefits of signing Brownhill against the transfer fee Burnley will demand. This situation is one to monitor as the summer transfer window approaches.

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