Albion Transfer Blog

Albion Transfer Blog

The summer transfer window has reopened! Premier League clubs will have the chance to strengthen their playing squads in the lead up to the 2019/20 campaign.

You can view all the comings and goings right here, as the Seagulls prepare for their third season in the Premier League.

Summary:

  • Tomer Hemed joins Charlton Athletic after cancelling contract.
  • Beram Kayal joins Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan deal.
  • Aaron Mooy arrives on loan from Huddersfield Town for the season.
  • Lea Le Garrec signs for Albion ahead of the FA WSL season.
  • Romaric Yapi moves to Albion from PSG.

HEMED COMPLETES CHARLTON MOVE

Tomer Hemed has completed his move to Charlton Athletic, after reaching an agreement with Albion to cancel the final year of his contract.

The arrangement frees Hemed to sign for the Championship club, and ends a four-year spell on the south coast.

Head coach Graham Potter said, “At this stage in his career Tomer wants to play regular football and at Charlton he has the opportunity to do that.

“There’s no doubt he’s been a great player for this club. He played an integral part in winning promotion from the Championship, and scored some crucial goals in the Premier League.

“During the short time I’ve been here, he’s been a fantastic professional. On behalf of the club I’d like to thank him for his service and wish him all the very best for his time with Charlton and his future career.”

By Kieran Cleeves
Kacper Lopata

LOPATA JOINS WHITEHAWK AND SCORES ON DEBUT

Albion under-23 defender Kacper Lopata has joined Bostik South East Division club Whitehawk on loan.

The youngster opened the scoring on his debut for the Hawks, as they recorded an opening-day 3-2 victory over VCD Athletic.

By Paul Hazlewood

ALBION MIDFIELDER HEADS TO CHARLTON

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal has joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan deal, subject to EFL clearance.

The Israel international midfielder heads to The Valley, and could make his debut in the Addicks’ Championship fixture against Stoke City on Saturday. The loan arrangement includes a recall option in January, when the transfer window reopens.

Head coach Graham Potter said, “Beram has trained really well since I arrived at the club and been a pleasure to work with during my short time here.

“This is a good move at this stage in his career, and gives him a chance to play regularly. On behalf of all at the club, I would like to wish Beram all the very best for the season ahead at Charlton.”

Kayal arrived at the club from Celtic in January 2015, and scored on his debut in a 3-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The Israeli featured 45 times in all competitions during the 2015/16 campaign, and won the club’s Player of the Season award.

He missed three months of the 2016/17 season with an ankle injury, but returned to action at the turn of the New Year and was part of Albion’s promotion-winning squad.

Having helped Albion to the Premier League, he made a total of 37 top-flight appearances. He scored his first goal at that level in a 1-0 win at Newcastle United early last season.

By Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Mooy

ALBION SECURE MOOY SIGNATURE

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the transfer of Aaron Mooy from Huddersfield Town, on a one-year loan deal.

The 28-year-old Australia international joins ahead of Saturday’s season curtain-raiser at Watford, having passed his medical at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today.

Head coach Graham Potter commented, “We are delighted to welcome Aaron to the club. He has played very well over the past two seasons in the Premier League, and will bring a different option and added competition to our midfield.

“He’s been a talisman for Huddersfield in recent seasons with his performances on the field; and he’s proved to be an excellent professional both on and off the pitch.

“I’m looking forward to working with him, and he is another good addition to our squad ahead of the new season.”

Mooy was born in Sydney, and initially moved to England and Bolton Wanderers in 2006, joining their academy as a teenager. After two years with Bolton, at 18 he left to join SPL side St Mirren, to play senior football.

After two seasons in Scotland, a four-year spell back in Australia followed. That saw stints with Western Sydney Wanderers and Manchester City’s sister club Melbourne City.

His form at the latter saw him win the Australian PFA Player of the Year. That prompted a move to England and to the Etihad to join City in 2016.

He was immediately loaned to Huddersfield, and in his first season helped the Terriers win promotion to the Premier League — alongside Albion — and was named in the PFA and EFL Championship teams of the season.

That prompted Huddersfield to make the move permanent, and Mooy was Town’s standout performer during their two-year stay in the top flight.

He is an international teammate of Mat Ryan, having made his senior debut for Australia in 2012, and has won 39 caps and scored five goals for the Socceroos.

By Paul Hazlewood

ALBION SIGN FRANCE INTERNATIONAL

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of France international midfielder Lea Le Garrec from Guingamp on undisclosed terms, subject to international clearance.

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a one-year deal, and becomes the fourth women’s team signing of the window, following the arrivals of Danique Kerkdijk, Matilde Skovsen and Megan Walsh.

Hope Powell said, “It is a pleasure to welcome Lea to the club, and she is someone with plenty of experience of playing at the very highest level in France, and for the national team too.

“Lea will add to the healthy competition for places in the midfield positions, and I am very much looking forward to working with her.”

Le Garrec began her senior career at Evreux, before subsequent moves to Montigny-le-Bretonneux and Paris St Germain.

She joined Guingamp for her first spell at the club in 2012, and was there for two years before a move to Saint Malo in 2014. Le Garrec returned back to Guingamp in 2016, ahead of her latest move to the Albion.

The midfielder has represented France from every level from under-16s to the seniors, and was part of the under-19 squad that won the European Championships in 2010.

By Paul Hazlewood

YAPI ARRIVES FROM PSG

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of French right-back Romaric Yapi from Paris Saint-Germain, on undisclosed terms.

The 19-year-old defender has signed a one-year deal, with a one-year extension option for the club, and he will initially link up with Simon Rusk’s under-23 squad.

Rusk commented, “We are pleased to have completed the signing and are delighted to welcome Romaric to the club.

“He is another player the club has been aware of for a period of time. He is a versatile player and is comfortable at right-back, on the right wing or as a wing back.

“He is a talented player who has great potential, and I look forward to working with him."

Yapi began his career in the French capital with PSG, and over the last two seasons has made nine appearances in the UEFA Youth League.

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay arrives from Brentford.

ALBION SIGN FRENCH STRIKER

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of striker Neal Maupay from Brentford, on undisclosed terms.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has been a long-term target of the club and has agreed a four-year contract, after passing his medical at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today.

Head coach Graham Potter said, “Neal is a talented striker, with good strength and pace, and he is a goalscorer. He will add an extra dimension to our existing forward options, and we are delighted to have completed the transfer.

“The club has been monitoring Neal and has been aware of his ability for some time. Separately I was also aware of his obvious ability at Swansea, and came up against him in the Championship last season.

“His record in the Championship has been exceptional, with 41 goals across the last two seasons, and now his challenge is to transfer that to the Premier League.”

Born in Versailles, Maupay began his career in the Cote D’Azur with Nice, where he made his first-team debut at the age of 16 in 2013. After 44 games for Nice, he moved to St Etienne at the age of 18.

While with St Etienne, he also spent time on loan with Brest, and made more than 100 appearances in France, most as a teenager. He moved to England in 2017, when he joined Brentford.

Maupay scored 41 goals in two seasons at Griffin Park, making 75 starts and 20 substitute appearances in a total of 95 games for the Bees.

He’s also been capped by France at under-16 to under-21 levels; and last season was voted Brentford’s Supporters’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year. He also won the 2018/19 EFL Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.

By Paul Hazlewood
Carl Rushworth has joined Worthing on loan.

RUSHWORTH HEADS OUT ON LOAN

Albion under-23 goalkeeper Carl Rushworth will join Worthing on a season-long loan deal.

The 18-year-old is set to link up with the Rebels after recovering from a minor injury, and the move will be his first loan spell since arriving at Albion from Halifax Town last season.

In the meantime, Seagulls under-18 shot-stopper Roco Rees will head to the Isthmian League Premier Division side on a work experience arrangement until Rushworth returns to fitness.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Adam Desbois has arrived at the club from Reading.

The 18-year-old has joined Simon Rusk’s under-23 squad, and has signed a one-year contract.

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster arrives from Bristol City.

DEAL DONE FOR WEBSTER

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of defender Adam Webster from Bristol City, on undisclosed terms.

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the club, having passed a medical at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today.

Head coach Graham Potter said, “Adam is a player the club has been aware of for sometime, and someone we came up against last season at Swansea City.

“He is a quality defender, comfortable on the ball, fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the club, and he was very keen to join us.

“He is still relatively young, but has good experience from the number of games he has played. Predominately a centre-half, he can also play at right-back, and he will bring additional competition alongside our existing defensive options.”

Born in Chichester, West Sussex, Webster began his career just across the Hampshire border with Portsmouth; before moving to Ipswich Town in 2016, with Albion defender Matt Clarke moving in the opposite direction as part of the deal.

Webster has made more than 200 senior appearances, with around half at Championship level. He played 47 times last season for City, after joining from Ipswich a year ago, scoring three goals.

He has also represented England at under-18 and under-19 level, where he will have worked alongside Albion’s technical director, Dan Ashworth.

DEFENDER MAKES LOAN MOVE

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Matt Clarke has joined Derby County on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old moves to the Rams, having spent pre-season with Albion, following his move from Portsmouth this summer.

Graham Potter said, “We brought Matt to the club as a long-term prospect, and initially wanted him to spend pre-season here — and he has trained well and worked hard.

“Our plan was to make sure he would play regular senior football this coming season, and continue the excellent progress he’s made over recent seasons.

“This loan move to the Championship with Derby gives him a chance to play regularly in a competitive division, and is the next logical step for his own development.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Markus Suttner departs

DEFENDER DEPARTS TO GERMANY

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Markus Suttner has left the club and joined Fortuna Dusseldorf.

The 32-year-old returns to the Bundesliga side after making six appearances during a loan spell there in the second half of last season.

Graham Potter said, “Markus has trained exceptionally hard and been a pleasure to work with during my time here, but this move gives him a chance to play regularly.

“He will be returning to a team that he knows well, and it is a move that makes sense for all three parties.

“I would like to wish him all the very best for the future, in what is an exciting next stage of his career.”

Suttner arrived at Albion from FC Ingolstadt in July 2017, and went on to make 17 appearances during his debut season in England.

The Austrian played once for the Seagulls in 2018/19, after featuring in the Carabao Cup tie against Southampton in August, before joining Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan in January.

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Freestone signs

ALBION SIGN POSH DEFENDER

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed former Peterborough United defender Lewis Freestone on a one-year contract.

The 19-year-old left Peterborough at the end of last season, and has been on trial with Albion over the last fortnight.

Under-23 coach Simon Rusk commented, “Lewis is a versatile left-sided defender who has been with us during pre-season. He has impressed enough to earn a one-year contract.

“That will give us the opportunity to work closely with him on his development over the coming season in our under-23 set up.”

Freestone, who made eight senior appearances for Posh, spent much of the last three seasons out on loan in the non-league system, and spent the 2018/19 campaign with Nuneaton Borough and Bedford Town.

By Paul Hazlewood
Percy Tau heads out on loan

TAU JOINS CLUB BRUGGE

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Percy Tau has joined Club Brugge on a season’s loan. 

The South Africa international returns to Belgium, where he had a very successful season with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise during the last campaign. 

Tau won the Player of the Season award for the league’s second tier, after scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists, across 35 games for the Brussels-based club. 

Technical director Dan Ashworth said, “This is a great move for Percy. It’s a step up to the next level in Belgium, and he also has the prospect of Champions League football. 

“It comes off the back of an impressive African Cup of Nations campaign with South Africa, and will give Percy the opportunity to further develop his undoubted talent.”

Tau joined Albion last summer from Mamelodi Sundowns on a four-year contract; he has 16 caps for his country and has scored nine goals. 

Brugge, who finished runners-up to Genk last season, kicked off the new season at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Waasland Beveren. 

They’ve already knocked Sporting Lisbon out in the Champions League qualifiers, and now face a two-legged meeting with Dynamo Kiev in the third qualifying round of the competition.

By Paul Hazlewood
Viktor Gyokeres departs on loan

STRIKER MAKES GERMAN LOAN MOVE

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Viktor Gyokeres has joined FC St Pauli on a season-long loan. 

The 21-year-old will link up with Albion team-mate Leo Ostigard at the Bundesliga 2 club, on a deal which is set to run until 30th June 2020.

Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This represents a brilliant opportunity for Viktor to continue his recent impressive development, which has seen him progress to the fringes of the first-team squad.

“He had a fine season with us in the under-23s, but the challenge for him now is to gain some regular game time at senior level.

“It will be good to see him play alongside Leo [Ostigard], and I’m sure that he will take plenty from his experience out in Germany.”

Gyokeres made 19 league appearances for Albion’s under-23 side last term, scoring seven goals in the process.

His senior debut came in the Carabao Cup tie against Southampton at the Amex back in August 2018, and he went on to make a further four first-team appearances in the side’s run to the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals.

The striker also has two caps for Sweden, and scored his first goal for Janne Andersson’s side in a 2-2 draw with Iceland back in January.

By Paul Hazlewood
Billy Arce secures another loan move

ARCE HEADS TO BARCELONA SPORTING CLUB

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Billy Arce has completed a season-long loan to Barcelona Sporting Club.

The 20-year-old’s previous loan deal with CS Emelec has been cancelled, and will now link up with the Ecuadorian club for the remainder of the season.

Arce leaves CS Emelec after making 10 league and cup appearances in 2019, scoring two goals.

He signed for Albion in August 2018, after making 22 appearances for Independiente during the first half of that year, scoring seven goals.

STRIKER HEADS TO QPR

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Jan Mlakar has joined Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old will link up with Mark Warburton’s side ahead of the new Championship season, after spending the second half of the last campaign on loan at NK Maribor.

Technical director Dan Ashworth said, “Jan is one of a number of exciting young players that we have at the club, and this loan move is an excellent next step in his development.

“This allows him to gain a first taste of English football, in what is a very competitive Championship division.

“Myself, Graham, David Weir and his team will keep a very close eye on his progress, and wish him all the best for the upcoming season.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Robert Sanchez heads out on loan

KEEPER JOINS ROCHDALE ON LOAN

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 goalkeeper Robert Sanchez has joined Sky Bet League One side Rochdale on a season-long loan deal.

The Spaniard, who made 17 appearances in Sky Bet League Two during a loan spell at Forest Green Rovers last season, will step up a division after sealing a move to the Crown Oil Arena.

Goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts said, “Last season’s loan move was beneficial for Rob, experiencing regular senior football, but his latest move will provide an even greater test in League One.

“It’s exactly what Rob needs in order to take his game to the next level, and we’ll be keeping tabs on his progress throughout the season, as he looks to make a good impression during his time at Rochdale.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Jayson Molumby departs on loan

MOLUMBY OFF TO MILLWALL AFTER NEW DEAL

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 midfielder Jayson Molumby has signed a new two-year contract at the club, and will spend the 2019/20 season in the Sky Bet Championship after joining Millwall on a season-long loan deal.

The Irishman’s new contract runs until June 2021, and he will now join up with Neil Harris’s team at The Den, as he makes his first loan move since joining the Seagulls in October 2015.

Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This move comes at the right time for Jayson, and his new deal is well deserved after plenty of hard work over the past few years.

“Jayson has always had the desire to take his game to the next level, and the opportunity to play senior football in the second tier will certainly give him the chance to do that.

“The Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in the world, and we hope Jayson makes the very most of his time at Millwall during the upcoming season.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Christian Walton heads to Blackburn Rovers on loan

WALTON JOINS ROVERS ON LOAN

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old keeper heads to Ewood Park on the back of a similar spell in the Championship with Wigan Athletic last season, and will now continue his pre-seaaon programme with the Lancashire club.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said, “We’ve been able to have a really good look at Christian over the past three weeks during pre-season training, and he has undoubted potential.

“We have a lot of very good goalkeepers at this club, and given the position is a tough one, where there isn’t the same rotation as an outfield player, we feel this is a great way for Christian to continue the excellent progress he’s made over the previous three seasons.

“It’s clear he’s already benefitted enormously from a year at Luton and the two years he’s spent with Wigan Athletic. This move will help him continue developing and working towards his ambition of breaking into our first-team squad.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Anthony Knockaert joins Fulham on loan

KNOCKAERT COMPLETES FULHAM MOVE

Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed a loan deal with Fulham for winger Anthony Knockaert.

The 27-year-old Frenchman has signed a one-year loan deal at Craven Cottage, with the move expected to become permanent for an agreed undisclosed fee at the end of the coming season.

Head coach Graham Potter said, “The move is a good one for the club and Anthony. The wide positions are areas in which we have a lot of competition within the squad.

“I’ve only worked with Anthony for a short period of time, but that’s been a pleasure and he’s been very professional and hardworking throughout pre-season. On behalf of the club, I would like to wish him well with Fulham.”

By Colchester United
Todd Miller signs for the club

ALBION SIGN COLCHESTER YOUNGSTER

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed 16-year-old Todd Miller from Colchester United as a scholar, and he will link up with Ian Buckman and Mikey Harris’s under-18s.

The teenager became Colchester‘s youngest-ever player at 16 years and 166 days old, when he came off the bench for their League Two match at Exeter City, last March.

That was his only first-team appearance, but the winger was a regular in the club’s under-23s, and his performances at that level caught the eye of manager John McGreal.

Miller completed his education this summer and now steps into full-time football with Albion, initially as a scholar.

Albion academy manager John Morling commented, “Todd has made an impressive start to his career at Colchester and we are looking forward to working with him as a full-time scholar.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Kayleigh Green

17 PLAYERS RETAINED AHEAD OF BARCLAYS FAWSL SEASON

A total of 17 Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team players have been retained heading into the 2019/20 FA Women’s Super League season.

Amanda Nilden, Ini Umotong, Fern Whelan, Emily Simpkins, Jodie Brett, Kirsty Barton, Laura Rafferty, Victoria Williams, Fliss Gibbons, Kate Natkiel and Sophie Harris have all extended their existing contracts.

Aileen Whelan, Beth Roe and Danielle Buet have agreed new terms to commit their future to the club for another year, while Kayleigh Green and Megan Connolly have signed new two-year contract extensions.

Meanwhile, Ellie Brazil will enter the second year of her current two-year deal.

Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell said, “All of these players deserve their places in the squad, after coping well with the increased demands of the Women’s Super League.

“They have all shown the hunger to compete at the top level, and I am very much looking forward to working with them in pre-season.

“With the introduction of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur to the division, it is set to be an even tougher task, and all the players and staff need to be ready for what lies ahead.”

Meanwhile, the departures of Chloe Peplow and Marie Hourihan have already been confirmed, after the pair decided not to take up the offer of new contracts.

Lucy Gillett and Sophie Perry have also left the club after the expiration of their one-year contracts.

ALBION SIGN MAN CITY AND ENGLAND STARLET

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of England 18-year-old attacking midfielder Taylor Richards from Manchester City on undisclosed terms.

Technical director Dan Ashworth said, “Taylor is an exciting young talent. He has already played for England at junior levels and pre-season will be a great opportunity for us to see his ability at first hand.

“He is keen to play senior football, so that is the first challenge for him – alongside the other group of younger players – with a longer-term aim to continue the progress he has already made with Manchester City.”

DEFENDER MAKES LOAN MOVE

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 defender Leo Ostigard has joined Bundesliga 2 club FC St. Pauli on a season-long loan deal, which runs until 30th June 2020.

The 19-year-old, who made 12 Premier League 2 appearances for the Seagulls last season, will look to help the German outfit in their quest to reach the Bundesliga.

Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “This is an excellent loan move for Leo and one which comes at the right time for him. I’m sure he’ll learn valuable lessons from a tough season in the Bundesliga 2.

"Leo works extremely hard on the training pitch and his commitment to improve is clear to see, which is always great to see from a player of his age.

"We will closely monitor his progress in Germany, and we are looking forward to seeing how he progresses as he takes on an exciting new challenge."

BARCLAY JOINS ACCRINGTON

Former Albion under-23 defender Ben Barclay has signed for Accrington Stanley on a one-year deal.

By Geoff Penn
Megan Walsh signs for Albion

KEEPER SIGNS FROM YEOVIL

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of goalkeeper Megan Walsh, following the expiration of her contract at Yeovil Town.

The 24-year-old has signed a one-year deal at the club, and becomes the third women’s team signing of the summer following the arrivals of Danique Kerkdijk and Matilde Skovsen.

Women’s first-team manager Hope Powell said, “We are delighted to welcome someone of Megan’s experience to the club.

“She has a proven knowledge of playing at the highest level, and will bolster our options in the goalkeeping positions following the departures of Marie [Hourihan] and Lucy [Gillett].

“I am very much looking forward to working with Megan, and wish her every success during her time at the club.”

Walsh began her career at Aston Villa before she joined Everton in 2013, and made the step up to FA Women’s Super League football.

Following two years on Merseyside, the shot-stopper had a spell at Notts County in 2015, before agreeing to join Yeovil for the 2017 FA WSL Spring Series, in a deal that would be extended following County’s liquidation.

The keeper has also represented Great Britain at the 2017 University Games, and featured for England up to under-23 level.

By Paul Hazlewood
New deal for Ryan Longman

WINGER SIGNS NEW DEAL

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 winger Ryan Longman has signed a new one-year contract, which extends his stay at the club until July 2020.

The 18-year-old has progressed up to the under-23 squad this season after an impressive campaign with the under-18s in 2018/19, where he scored 11 goals in 31 league appearances.

Under-23 coach Simon Rusk said, “Ryan has worked very hard during his time at the club, and we have been very impressed with his recent development.

“He put in a number of good performances for the under-18s last season, and I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses with us in the under-23s set-up.

“This new contract is a reward for all of his hard work, and hopefully he can continue to push on and develop even more.”

Longman was called up to the under-23 squad on a number of occasions last season, and made nine Premier League 2 Division 1 appearances, scoring once in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on the final day of the season.

He also featured three times in the FA Youth Cup, and found the net in a memorable 3-1 win over Manchester United in a fourth round tie.

By Paul Hazlewood
Matilde Lundorf Skovsen signs for Albion

ALBION SIGN DANISH DEFENDER

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Denmark under-23 defender Matilde Skovsen on a one-year contract, subject to international clearance.

The 20-year-old has signed a one-year deal after leaving Danish Elitedivisionen side VSK Aarhus, where she began her career.

Manager Hope Powell said, “We are delighted to welcome Matilde to the club, as she is a player that we have been tracking for some time.

“For someone so young, she has already gained plenty of experience playing at the top level in Denmark and will add to the competition for places in the defensive areas.

“I am very much looking forward to working with her throughout the season, and excited to see how much she will progress at the club.”

Skovsen also had a spell at Paris St Germain, and was part of the Denmark squad that reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in 2018.

She becomes the second women’s team signing of the summer transfer window, after the arrival of Netherlands international Danique Kerkdijk.

By Paul Hazlewood
New deal for Alex Cochrane

NEW DEAL FOR COCHRANE

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s defender Alex Cochrane has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The full-back has agreed a new contract having been retained for the side’s second top-flight campaign.

Under-23s Coach Simon Rusk said, “This new deal is a reward for Alex’s consistent performances last season.

“The challenge for him now is to continue that development by working hard every day and give himself the best possible chance to keep progressing.”

Cochrane made his debut for the club back in the 2016/17 campaign, turning out 19 times for the club’s under-18 side.

He went on to make a further 20 league appearances for the team the following season, as well as coming off the bench for the under-23s in the play-off final win at Villa Park back at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The 19-year-old then made 17 Premier League 2 appearances last term as Albion enjoyed an impressive first year in the top division, as well as turning out for the club in the Checkatrade Trophy away to Luton Town last September.

By Paul Hazlewood
Tom McGill signs a new deal at the club

MCGILL SIGNS NEW ALBION DEAL

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 goalkeeper Tom McGill has signed a new two-year contract, which keeps him at the club until July 2021.

The 19-year-old spent the 2018/19 season on loan at non-league outfits Worthing, Greenwich Borough and Basingstoke Town, before returning to keep a clean sheet in Albion’s Premier League 2 victory at Manchester City.

Under-23 assistant coach and lead academy goalkeeping coach Shannon Ruth said, “Tom has worked extremely hard to continue showing improvement over the past few seasons.

“His loan moves have been very beneficial, providing him with his first taste of senior football, which has forced him to deal with the pressures and demands that come alongside that.

“The new contract is great news for him and the club, and it’s now about working even harder to take his game to the next level.”

IN THE DOOR AT BRAMALL LANE

Premier League newcomers Sheffield United have made their first signing since returning to the top flight.

Midfielder Luke Freeman has joined the Blades from Queens Park Rangers for a club-record fee.

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Tanguy Ndombele

BUSY DAY FOR SPURS

Tottenham Hotspur were at the forefront of yesterday’s transfer activity, as they smashed their transfer record to bring Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele to the Premier League.

The French midfield secured a £60m-plus move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after impressing for Lyon since joining the club in 2017.

Spurs also secured the services of youngster Jack Clarke from Leeds United, before sending the winger back to Elland Road for the 2019/20 season.

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Ayoze Perez

PEREZ ON HIS WAY?

According to Sky sources, Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez is undergoing a medical at Leicester City, with the striker expected to make a £30m move to the King Power Stadium.

The forward hit the back of the net 12 times for Newcastle last season, helping the club steer clear of the drop zone towards the end of the campaign, also finishing as the club’s top goalscorer.

By Paul Hazlewood
Julien Carre and Matt Weaire

YOUNGSTERS DEPART

Brighton & Hove Albion under-18 duo Julien Carre and Matthew Weaire have joined Brentford and Colchester United respectively, following the expiration of their contracts on 30th June.

Weaire has signed a two-year contract with the Essex side, while Carre has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Griffin Park with a 12-month option.

Albion joint under-18 coach Mark Beard, said, “These are two excellent moves for Julien and Matthew, in what is an exciting next stage in both of their careers.

“They have worked incredibly hard during their time with us, and fully deserve these opportunities at EFL clubs.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to wish Julien and Matthew all the very best for the future.”

Weaire featured 21 times in the U18 Premier League last season, and made one appearance in the FA Youth Cup against Everton at Goodison Park.

Carre made nine league appearances for Albion’s under-18s in 2018/19, and featured in the FA Youth Cup third round tie away at West Ham United.

By Paul Hazlewood
Ales Mateju departs

DEFENDER DEPARTS FOR ITALY

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ales Mateju has signed for Brescia Calcio on undisclosed terms.

The 23-year-old full-back joined the Italian side at the start of the 2018/19 campaign and made 23 league and cup appearances, helping Brescia win the Serie B league title and promotion into Serie A.

Albion technical director Dan Ashworth said, “This is a good move for Ales, and an exciting next stage for him.

“Moving to Italy has allowed him to experience a different kind of football at first-team level, and he was part of something special for the club last season as he helped them gain promotion.

“While he was at the Albion he played a big part in helping our under-23s gain promotion into the Premier League 2, so we thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best for his future career.”

Mateju made 15 appearances in the under-23s promotion season in 2017/18, while also featuring for the first team in Carabao Cup matches against Barnet and AFC Bournemouth that same year.

He arrived at the club from Viktoria Plzen in August 2017 and has represented the Czech Republic 17 times at under-21 level since making his debut in September 2015.

By Patrick Sullivan
Danique Kerkdijk signs for Albion

ALBION SIGN DUTCH INTERNATIONAL

Brighton & Hove Albion are pleased to confirm the signing of Netherlands international Danique Kerkdijk on a one-year contract.

The 23-year-old centre back joins from FA Women’s Super League rivals Bristol City, where she spent two seasons following her transfer from FC Twente in her native country.

Last season, the defender helped the Vixens to a sixth-place finish in the WSL, appearing in 19 of 20 league matches, scoring two goals.

During her time in the Netherlands, Kerkdijk was part of the FC Twente team that secured three titles including one Eredevisie, a BeNe League title and the 2014/15 KNVB Cup.

Manager Hope Powell said, “We are pleased to welcome a player of Danique’s calibre to the club.

“She has good knowledge of the WSL having spent the past two years with Bristol City, and she provides the squad with invaluable international experience as we look to build ahead of next season.”

Kerkdijk is currently away with her national team at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and has been an unused substitute in their run to the semi-finals.

By Kieran Cleeves
Leandro Trossard signs for Albion from KRC Genk

WINGER ARRIVES FROM BELGIUM



Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed to sign KRC Genk midfielder Leandro Trossard on undisclosed terms.

The 24-year-old winger, who joins on a four-year deal, becomes the club’s second signing of the summer following Matt Clarke’s arrival from Portsmouth last week.

Trossard inspired the Belgian side to the Jupiler Pro League title last season with 14 goals in 34 games, while also notching seven assists.

Having earned the captain’s armband towards the end of the campaign, he lifted the league trophy for only the fourth time in the club’s history.

Trossard also hit the net a further eight times in 11 games in the Europa League – plus three more assists – as Genk made it into the last 32 of the competition.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said, “We are delighted to welcome Leandro to the club and excited about the impact he can have for us.

“He’s an attack-minded player who had a very impressive season last year in helping Genk win the league title.

“He was influential in the side’s success last term and scored a lot of goals, as well as creating chances for others.

“At 24 he also brings good experience, having captained the side and also featured many times in the Europa League.”

By Geoff Penn
Matt Clarke signs for the Seagulls

ALBION MAKE FIRST SUMMER SIGNING

Portsmouth defender Matt Clarke signed a permanent deal with the Seagulls on undisclosed terms.

Clarke, who made 88 appearances for Pompey over two seasons in Sky Bet League One, made the switch along the south coast on a four-year contract.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said, “We are pleased to welcome Matt to the club. He’s an imposing central defender and had a very impressive spell with Portsmouth and as their captain has been a key player for them.

“At 22, Matt has already played a good number of games in the EFL and we are really looking forward to working with him. His challenge now is to compete with our existing centre-halves — an area where we have a lot of competition — and break into our first team.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Will Collar departs

COLLAR TIES UP SCOTLAND MOVE

Albion under-23 midfielder Will Collar completed a permanent move to Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical on undisclosed terms.

The 22-year-old, who made his senior debut for the Seagulls in the Carabao Cup against Southampton last season, joined up with Brian Rice’s team after the Accies secured their top-flight status.

Simon Rusk said, “I’d like to thank Will for all his efforts during his time at the club — he became an important member of our under-23 team after progressing through the youth ranks.

“Will has always set a great example with his attitude and application, and he’ll certainly be leaving the club in a better position than when he first joined.

“This move to Hamilton provides an exciting opportunity for Will to build a career at senior level, and we wish him the best of luck in Scotland.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Alexis Mac Allister departs on loan

MAC ALLISTER HEADS BACK TO ARGENTINA

Alexis MacAllister completed a season-long loan move to Boca Juniors.

The 20-year-old joined the Seagulls in January this year, before being loaned back to Argentinos Juniors for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign, where he found the net five times in 19 Primera Division appearances last term.

Boca’s domestic season kicks off in August, but they have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores, and MacAllister will be eligible to play in the round of 16 two-legged tie against Brazilian side Club Athletico Paranaense in late July and early August.

Technical director Dan Ashworth said, “Alexis is an exciting young talent and he will continue his development for the next year in his homeland, with one of Argentina’s biggest clubs, playing in the Argentine first division and South America’s prestigious Copa Libertadores.

“We will continue to monitor his development over the 12-month period and review his position next summer.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Richie Towell departs for Salford City

TOWELL SAYS GOODBYE

Richie Towell agreed a two-year contract with EFL newcomers Salford City after his Albion contract came to an end.

Albion chief executive Paul Barber said, "Richie’s opportunities were limited during his time with us, but his professionalism and attitude throughout that time was first class.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank him for his service and wish him all the very best for his future.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Graham Potter is appointed Albion's new head coach

POTTER LEADS THE WAY

Albion appointed their new head coach in May, with Graham Potter arriving from Swansea City alongside backroom staff Billy Reid, Bjorn Hamberg and Kyle Macauley.

Potter made his name at Ostersunds FK, where he led the club from the fourth to the first tier of Swedish football, enjoyed success in the Swedish Cup, and impressed on the European stage in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Albion chairman Tony Bloom said, "We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the brightest young English coaches. Graham Potter has an excellent record of developing teams with an attractive playing style, fierce determination and a strong collective spirit.

“We are excited about our third successive season in the Premier League and we now wish to build on the solid foundations laid by Chris Hughton. We believe that Graham is an excellent fit for our club and we are very much looking forward to working with him.”

SUMMER WINDOW OPEN

The transfer window reopened on Thursday 16th May and the Seagulls have already been busy, with a new head coach and player coming in, while a handful of players have departed.