Albion smash transfer record on Dutch International Davy Pröpper

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Brighton and Hove Albion have smashed their transfer record on Dutch International, Davy Pröpper. The 25 year old midfielder joins until 2021 for a fee believed to be in the region of £10,000,000.

Pröpper played 34 games in the Eredivisie for PSV Eindhoven last season. In the process, he helped the Brabant based club finish 3rd and qualify for the Europa League with 6 goals and 7 assists to his name.

Pröpper has experience playing across the spine of the team, either in a deeper role or in more advanced positions behind the striker.

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Davy has both Champions League and Europa League experience under his belt. He played Bayern Munich and Albion’s recent visitors Atletico Madrid last season, but was unable to help PSV qualify to the knockout stages.

Chris Hughton said: “He’s a strong competitor as a central midfielder and will complement our existing midfield players, and he is also a really good age at 25. We are absolutely delighted to welcome him to the club.”

This signing will add more depth to Albion’s midfield and gives Chris Hughton more valuable options due to Pröpper’s versatility in playing more defensively or behind the striker.

Pröpper will be available for Brighton’s opening fixture against Manchester City on Saturday 12th. What do you think of Brighton’s new signing?

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Rumour Round up – ‘Seagulls on the hunt’

 Who could be joining the Seagulls this window? Find out below.

 

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Sebastien Pocognoli

The Belgian left-back has been made an ‘outcast’ at West Brom and has barely featured under Tony Pulis. He is desperate to play football and has been linked with Brighton in recent days. Pocognoli could be good competition for Gaetan Bong and would also give us a solution when Liam Ridgewell returns to the Portland Timbers.

There’s nine days to go (in this transfer window) so we’ll see. Poc did OK considering he hasn’t played for a while, I thought he came in and did alright. He’s desperate to play football, we understand that.”

A season long loan seems to be the most likely option for the Albion if they decide to make an offer.


 

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Glenn Murray

This rumour has come up very recently. The former Seagulls front man is currently plying his trade with Bournemouth. However he is reportedly very unhappy being in Bournemouth and if that is true a move along the South Coast would make sense, right? He is definitely willing to drop down to the Championship, after going on loan to Reading last season. If you didn’t know he actually still lives in Brighton.

To me this move would make a lot of sense, a proven Championship striker who knows where the net is, and I’m sure most fans would welcome him back to aid with our promotion push. He did get 22 goals in our promotion season from League One and managed an impressive 30 goals in the 2012/2013 season for… Palace which shows his goal scoring pedigree that we all know he has. Leeds are also linked with a move for the striker.


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Done Deal – Steve Sidwell

The 33 year old central midfielder has joined the Seagulls on loan until the end of the season. If you didn’t already know, he briefly played for the Albion on loan in the 2002/03 season making 12 appearances in the process. He was Fulham’s shining player in their last season in the Premier League, scoring 7 goals in 38 appearances.

Sidwell will offer Premier League quality and provide great competition to star midfield duo Beram Kayal and Dale Stephens. My understanding is that Hughton will decide whether to permanently sign the midfielder depending if we get promoted or not (due to high salary).


 

 

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Rajiv Van La Parra

The 24 year old Dutch winger had a great loan spell at the Albion, scoring 2 brilliant goals and also grabbing himself 2 assists in the space of 5 games. He would provide great competition for Knockaert, LuaLua, Murphy, and March in the future and could fill in the role of ‘impact sub’ when needed.

However since his loan stint with Brighton, Rajiv has attracted interest from Huddersfield and Middleborough who also want to sign him up. He has also come out and said he is happy to stay at Wolves (if he gets game time).

“For me it was just about not playing – that’s why I wanted to go on loan. Everything else I am happy here, happy with my team mates, with everyone at the club, I don’t have a problem with anyone.

“It was only the game time, I wasn’t happy with not playing and now I’m in the team so I’m getting my confidence back on the pitch.

 


 

Sources suggest that Brighton have recently sent a director out to Uruguay. A Potential player we could be looking at is 22 year old striker Junior Arias who currently has 9 goals in 14 games for Uruguayan side Liverpool FC.

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-George Carden ( @George_Carden )

January Transfer Window – All the Albion Speculation

January has finally come for Chris Hughton’s fatigued Albion squad. You could describe this month to be like B&Q (the superstore), Chris can pop in… buy some wallpaper and plaster over the gaping cracks left in our squad! Yes, a terrible analogy, but one that is partially if not completely true.

Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to research and combine all the current rumours flying around into one article to save you time and effort deciphering the false from the true! Enjoy!

I think it will be appropriate to start off with the hilariously false rumour that has still managed to trick some fans.

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Charlie Austin

The man who got 18 Premier League goals last season has been linked with a laughable 6.5 million pound move to us. If this happened, it would be the signing of the century. However do not believe these ‘Football League’ Twitter pages, all they do is pick a player, club, and price and claim that it is true.


Lets look at the more realistic ones.

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Miller Bolaños

The Ecuadorian striker has been linked with the Seagulls since August. He is definitely someone we have scouted as pictures have emerged of scout Paul Winstanley at Emelec’s games.

Bolaños stands at the relatively small height of 5″7′ (same height as Baldock). However despite his lack of physical presence he has managed an outstanding 44 goals in 75 appearances for Emelec. Another encouraging sign for unsure fans is that he is proven internationally, hitting the back of the net six times in twelve appearances. Brighton have reportedly bid 7.3 million for the talisman. Bolaños could be just what we need however there are some question marks whether he can handle the physicality of the Championship.


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Anthony Knockaert

Since writing this article, Knockaert has signed for the club! Welcome Anthony!

The former Leicester winger has been heavily linked with a move to Brighton in the last 24 hours as Standard Liege confirmed they had allowed him to have talks with us. This means the French winger is most likely negotiating a deal with Hughton and Bloom right now! The reported fee is 2.25 million which is just under our record fee of 2.5 million for Mackail-Smith.

If the deal goes through, we will have captured an absolute attacking gem. He caused havoc in the Championship, scoring some wonderful goals with Leicester, and for a while kept Leicester star Riyad Mahrez out of their squad. Personally, I feel like this deal is the most likely to happen. Here is a video of what Knockaert can do: Anthony Knockaert best moments


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The Dutch winger scored two brilliant goals and managed one nice assist at his brief loan with the Albion. I would happily take him back as he gives another decent attacking option and proved his worth with us. Expect a transfer fee of less than 1 million.Brighton+Hove+Albion+v+Ipswich+Town+Sky+Bet+v9Et_cBMiqYx


MORE NEWS TO COME!

Albion sign former West Brom defender on loan

Albion fans can feel some comfort after the capture of experienced centre-back Liam Ridgewell. The former Aston Villa, West Brom, and Birmingham defender will be helping the Seagulls from January 2nd until February 13th.

He made a total of 313 appearances in the top flight and the Championship, indicating a clear sign of quality. Liam also has a very good relationship with Chris Hughton.

“I know Liam very well from my time as manager at Birmingham and he is an important addition for us, he will bring extra experience to our defence at a crucial time.”

Ridgewell captained Portland Timbers to the MLS title last month – a clear sign of a leader, he will be a worthy replacement for injured Uwe Huenemeier and will give Hughton even more options. He can also play left back which is great for us due lack of depth in that position at the moment.

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His earlier tweet confirmed the transfer, “Really happy to have join Brighton looking forward to the games coming up. Thanks for all the good tweets”.

-George Carden (Twitter: @George_Carden)

Two signings in quick succession show Albion intent

Brighton and Hove Albion left fans in a mixture of shock and delight at the announcement of two new loan signings – Wolves winger Rajiv Van La Parra signed at 5:00pm, with Manchester United striker James Wilson being announced at 6:17pm.

Everything you need to know about the new signings:

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Rajiv Van La Parra

Van La Parra (24) signed for Wolves on a free on June 10th 2014 after scoring 16 times in 94 appearances. He was named man of the match on his debut vs Norwich. He also scored the equaliser last season at the Amex to rescue Wolves a point. However the pacey winger has fallen out of favour and failed to make an impact for the West Midlands side in recent months.

He is renowned for his explosive play and ability to beat his man however his main weakness according to Wolves fans is his lack of end product. Van La Parra has many attributes that can be related to injured winger Kazenga LuaLua. Maybe he can give us that cutting edge and direct style of play at least until LuaLua is fit again.

Personally I would rate this signing:

6/10 – Direct player with similar characteristics to LuaLua.


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James Wilson

Oh boy I have got a lot to say about this lad…

Wilson (19) has been at United since the age of seven progressing through their youth ranks (in 2012 he managed 14 goals in 18 appearances for the under 18s and 8 goals in 12 games for the reserves) before making his Manchester United breakthrough during the 2013/2014 season. He had a dream debut for the senior squad, managing a brace in a 3-1 victory over Hull City. The season after that he managed 2 goals in 17 appearance (all competitions). However like Van La Parra he has also fallen out of favour with his club. What is also delightful is that we have managed to borrow him until the end of the season!

Still only at the tender age of 19, the most important thing for Wilson is game time. Wilson has the ability to create a chance out of nothing.  He is also known for his quick feet and great balance that allows him to dance away from challenges. While he might not have the pace of a Walcott or Sterling, Wilson has impressive acceleration and can break away from defenders with ease.

As a Brighton fan I am EXTREMELY excited about this signing. He is a player who has the potential to be world class if developed correctly and most importantly unlike some players he knows how to find the back of the net! If you were wondering how Tony Bloom and Chris Hughton could show a clear statement of intent for the club’s desire to reach the promised land. THIS. IS. IT.

Personally I would rate this signing:

9/10 – Fast, clinical attacker who knows how to score. Has the potential to play at the top level. Now lets hope he can bag us some goals!

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Brighton close in on Irish Star

Brighton close in on Irish Star

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Brighton and Hove Albion are closing in on Irish starlet Richie Towell, 24. The central midfielder managed a impressive 27 goals in 35 to help Dundalk to a second consecutive league title.

Brighton are believed to be the favourites for the Irish man’s signature. A deal should be done by the end of the week.

“Nothing is done yet. It’s all up in the air at the moment and it’s just a waiting game,” he said.

“I was hoping something would have been sorted last week.

“There are a good few clubs in for me but I have to weigh up what is best for me and my family. Hopefully something will be sorted by the end of the week.”