Bristol City are continuing their striker search throughout the month, as they look to recitify their problems in front of goal and look to add strength in depth to their attack.
The Robins are eyeing up Burnley striker Nahki Wells, who is currently on loan with fellow Championship side QPR until the end of the season, as Lee Johnson attempts to engineer a swap deal between the clubs.
Going the other way to Turf Moor could be Robins central midfielder Josh Brownhill, who has been a regular for City this season as he has attracted the interest of Sean Dyche, who has already tabled a £7 million bid for the 24-year-old.
Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to the potential swap deal…
Pro – Bristol City get a striker
The Robins have been searching far and wide for a striker over the last few months, with no target coming through the door at Ashton Gate yet.
Wells coming in to the Bristol City side would mean that the Robins get a striker who has previous experience in the Championship, and is more than capable of netting in the second tier.
Pro – Making a profit
With Burnley prepared to offer a sum of cash for Brownhill, it would mean that the Robins would be making a profit on the central midfielder.
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He arrived at Ashton Gate for free in the summer of 2016 after being released by Preston North End, and he has gone on to be a regular with the Robins over the last three-and-a-half years.
Bristol City would be making a tidy sum of money for their investment in Brownhill as Johnson has helped to shape him into the player that he is now, and it is the least that the club deserves.
Con – Would lose a key player
While the Robins would be bagging a star player for the division, they would also be losing a key player at the same time.
Brownhill is likely to be handed permanent captaincy for the second half of the season after the departure of club captain Bailey Wright on loan to Sunderland, and the central midfielder is one of the best all-round midfielders in the league.
He brings a sense of calmness to the midfield and has a wide skill set that allows him to tackle, pass, shoot and run miles over the duration of 90 minutes – all the qualities that a manager wants their central midfielders to have.
Con – Selection headache
While some managers like having a selection headache, the one that Johnson could have may not help him.
Wells and current Robins striker Andreas Weimann are two similar players, and one of Weimann or Famara Diedhiou would need to be dropped from the Bristol City lineup.
Johnson would need to decide which player he could do without and leave on the bench for most of the game, but it will present him with different options when selecting a matchday 18.