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With the new Premier League season fast approaching, clubs are working overdrive to secure new players before the season kicks off. For the three newly-promoted clubs, strengthening is particularly important. Having already looked at possible targets for Newcastle United, let’s move on to Brighton – who are they looking to bring in ahead of their maiden Premier League season?
Gomez impressed in the handful of appearances he made under Brendan Rodgers at the beginning of the 2015/16 season. He was named in Just Football‘s top 10 most exciting young talents to watch in England that season, but a serious injury hampered Gomez’s opportunities and has since limited him to just a few appearances in cup competitions last season.
Brighton have a shortage of central defenders with right back Bruno occasionally having to fill in last season. A move for Gomez would give him more first team opportunities than he would likely get at Liverpool.
Brighton could attempt to sign Gomez on a permanent deal, but a loan deal looks far more likely. However, if a deal is struck it isn’t likely to be until later in the transfer window with Jurgen Klopp keen to look at Gomez in pre-season.
A deal that looks closer to being completed is the arrival of Markus Suttner from FC Ingolstadt. There have been reports that Brighton are in talks to sign the left-back, who was relegated with Ingolstadt in last season’s Bundesliga.
At 30 years old Suttner would bring experience to the Brighton backline, having played over 50 times in two seasons for Ingolstadt. The Austrian international has an eye for attacking too with four goals and five assists in his 31 starts last season.
The Seagulls have already signed Suttner’s teammate Pascal Gross this summer and although they have had an initial bid of around £2million rejected, a fee of £4million would likely be enough to bring Suttner to the Amex next season.
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While Brighton have already broken their transfer record with the signing of Mat Ryan from Valencia for £5million they look like they are prepared to break it once again as they chase Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney.
Delaney only joined his current side Werder Bremen in January and although Bremen do not want to sell, Delaney himself is looking for a move to the Premier League according to The Argus. Delaney operates as a central midfielder and although primarily defensive, he scored 12 goals in 43 games last season for Bremen and previous club FC Copenhagen.
Delaney has experience of playing in the Champions League during his time with FC Copenhagen and would bring quality to a strong Brighton midfield, which although solid, could struggle to create chances in the Premier League. Everton have previously shown interest, and the signing of Gross and the addition of Delaney would give Hughton both depth and players who have the ability to create chances.
It seems that Brighton could also look to bring in a player who impressed for fellow Championship promoters Huddersfield, with Sky Sports reporting Brighton are interested in taking Izzy Brown on loan from Chelsea.
Brown made a big impact after arriving on loan in January for Huddersfield, scoring four goals in 18 appearances despite picking up an injury midway through the loan. Brown can play in any attacking position and is often deployed either on the wing or just behind a striker.
Brighton could attempt to agree a permanent deal although a loan seems more likely for the 20 year old who has made over 60 appearances so far in his career but only one substitute appearance for the Blues. Brown would be the second young forward to be loaned out to another Premier League club by Chelsea after Tammy Abraham joined Swansea City on loan.
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