Newly promoted Brighton could line up a move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to The Mirror.
The Brazilian has been at Anfield for a decade and has made just under 250 appearances for the Merseysiders. With 24 caps for Brazil and a Liverpool Player of the Year award under his belt, the 30-year-old is an experienced head. It is this experience that may cause Chris Hughton to make a move for Lucas as his side prepares to build for the start of the Premier League season.
Lucas joined Liverpool form Gremio in the summer of 2007 having made a name for himself as a tough tackling youngster in Brazil’s Serie A. Despite some difficult seasons with Liverpool, Lucas firmly established himself as an important member of the club and is now their third choice captain.
Lucas is the second Liverpool midfielder to be linked with Brighton in recent weeks. Kevin Stewart has also been touted for a move to the Falmer Stadium and, like Lucas, would provide a defensive midfield option for the Premier League new boys next term.
Stewart has struggled for game time having made an impact under Jurgen Klopp at the tail end of last season. At 23 and with only a handful of first team appearances, a move away from Anfield could be the best outcome for the former Tottenham man.
The Seagulls finally put years of disappointing promotion finishes behind them to secure their first ever rise to the top flight. However, they narrowly missed out on the Championship title on the last day of the season to Hughton’s former employers Newcastle United.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena