By Sean Fisher

5th Oct, 2022 | 2:40pm

West Ham United target Josh Brownhill refuses to rule out Burnley exit in future

West Ham were reportedly one of a handful of clubs circling Josh Brownhill in the summer – it seems the Burnley midfielder hasn’t closed the doors to a move.

Following Burnley’s relegation last season, Premier League clubs swarmed the Clarets for their top stars, with Maxwel Cornet, Ben Mee and James Tarkowski all leaving Turf Moor.

Another player wanted by many was Brownhill [Burnley Express], but the 26-year-old midfielder ended up staying with the Championship club this season.

However, his latest interview with the Burnley Express suggests that Brownhill hasn’t closed the door on a future move.

“You hear of all sorts of things that go round, especially when the transfer window is open, rumours fly around, but for me I think everyone has seen from day one that I’ve got my head down and worked hard,” he said.

“Whatever happens, happens, but for me I enjoy what we’re doing this year and the manager has given me a lot of confidence. It’s the football that I want to be playing and for me to be playing at my happiest, at this moment in time, it’s at Burnley Football Club.”

January move on the cards?

The Hammers were big admirers of Brownhill over the summer but were priced out of a move by Burnley, with the club not wanting to lose any more of their star players.

But David Moyes is still keen on bringing in more midfield reinforcement, and if Brownhill is available, the interest could be reignited.

Tomas Soucek has endured a poor start to the Premier League campaign, and a new arrival in January to add competition could be exactly what he needs to pick him up.

On top of that, Brownhill’s energy and tenacity could work well alongside Declan Rice in midfield. With Lucas Paqueta wanting the freedom to roam and create, Brownhill’s work rate will help compensate defensively.

It’s certainly not a move than would transform West Ham into top six contenders, but Brownhill’s signature could add some much-needed midfield depth.

Of course, Moyes is still busy bedding in new signings from the summer, but it never hurts to have half an eye on the window coming up.