According to the Bristol Post, Bristol City and Burnley are set to complete deals involving Nahki Wells and Josh Brownhill.
The Robins have been desperate to add a striker this month, and finally look to have found one in Wells. His loan spell at QPR – in which he scored 15 goals in 29 games – has come to an end, and Bristol City are pouncing.
It’s claimed that Bristol City will be paying around £4million to sign Wells, handing him a three-year deal – but that’s not the only deal the two clubs are negotiating.
Bristol City midfielder Brownhill is allegedly set for a £9million move to Burnley, with the two deals treated as separate entities, rather than Burnley paying cash plus Wells for Brownhill.
That’s potentially important for North End. We understand there is a 20% sell-on clause in the deal that took Brownhill to Bristol City in 2016, negotiated during compensation talks at the end of his Preston deal.
As things stand, Preston may now claim £1.8million from the deal, if Brownhill does move for £9million. That’s a very decent earner for North End, and that’s why the separate deals are important.
If Burnley had paid £5million plus Wells, North End would only take in £1million. That extra £800,000 could be important for Preston, even if we don’t exactly expect it to be reinvested into players before the deadline.
It’s also important as Brownhill was set to have a £7million release clause in the summer, as reported by the Bristol Post. Had that been the fee, North End would have received £1.4million.
It’s not a huge difference to what could be earned now, but every little helps – and we’ll now see if Brownhill’s move can go through before tomorrow’s deadline, boosting North End’s finances slightly.