Bristol City have entered the race to sign sought after League Two star Reece Brown.
According to Football Insider, Leeds United opened talks with Forest Green Rovers last week to secure his signature but now Championship rivals Bristol City are also showing interest.
Football Insider is now reporting that a source at Leeds has revealed to them the Yorkshire giants now face stiff competition from Championship rivals Bristol City for the signing of Brown, who has impressed a host of clubs this season with eleven goals and fifteen assists.
His outstanding displays were influential in helping Forest Green reach the League Two play-offs after being relegation candidates for much of last season.
The Birmingham City youth product is out of contract in the summer but interested clubs are thought to be trying to head off the possibility of the fee going to a tribunal to determine his value as an in-demand ‘free’ agent.
The report states Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has contacted the Nailsworth based club to initiate discussions about keeping the twenty-three-year-old in the West Country
Brown joined Mark Cooper’s men in 2017 after failing to establish a first-team place at St Andrew’s despite being highly rated by the Blues. He dropped down to the fourth tier looking for regular football, and he has since made a ninety-four appearance across all competitions for Rovers, scoring fourteen goals.
He can operate effectively in an attacking midfield position or more advanced. His fellow professionals recently recognised his undoubted skill and talent with his inclusion in the 2019 PFA League Two Team of the Season.
Brown is one player in League Two I feel could make the step up to Championship level football.
Quick, technically gifted and tactically astute, he has all the attributes to play at a higher level.
It doesn’t surprise he is generating interest, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
It does look like he will be leaving the New Lawn for a fresh challenge and I’m sure FGR fans will wish him well and understand that a young player wants to test himself at a higher level.
They will comfort themselves with a fee which will no doubt be invested back in the team for another tilt at promotion next season.