Brighton manager Chris Hughton will set his sights on bringing in Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart, according to The Telegraph.
Stewart would become Brighton’s first summer signing as they look to build towards their first season in the Premier League.
The former Tottenham trainee joined Liverpool in 2014 and enjoyed a run of games towards the end of last season as Jurgen Klopp blooded youth player. However, the 23-year-old, who Liverpool have valued at £10 million, has only made four league appearances this season and may want to leave Anfield in order to develop his career further.
Stewart, a defensive midfielder by trade, is capable of breaking up play and is a calm player on the ball. He has enjoyed loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion and Swindon Town and at 23 should be aiming for first team football.
The Seagulls meanwhile could be set to lose one of their star performers from their successful promotion campaign. Goalkeeper David Stockdale is out of contract at the Amex Stadium and The Mirror have suggested that Leeds could make a move for the 31-year-old. Stockdale was named in the 2016/17 Championship Team of the Season and would be a real coup for Gary Monk’s side.
Leeds, who looked destined for a long awaited Premier League return sit three points off the play-offs and a move may only appeal to Stockdale should the Yorkshire side gain promotion. Otherwise remaining in the Championship may seem a strange decision for the former Fulham stopper.
Stockdale was the victim of two bizarre own goals last week, however his efforts this season should not be forgotten because of this and Brighton will surely be hoping to thrash out a contract extension for their number 1.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena