Brighton transfer rumours: Seagulls among favourites to land West Brom star, West Ham could land £40m striker
Brighton & Hove Albion have an excellent opportunity to take another leap towards safety this weekend, when they'll look to pick up three points in a clash against already-relegated Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
As things stand, the Seagulls lie in 16th place, a comfortable seven points clear of the relegation zone, but will be eager to secure their safety as soon as possible to avoid a nervy end to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Speaking ahead of Saturday night's big game, Brighton boss Graham Potter revealed his squad are looking in good shape following their midweek goalless draw with Chelsea, and said: “No (injuries to the squad) everybody came through the game okay. There are a couple of lads we need to be careful in Adam Webster and Dan Burn, who have only just returned to action.
“We will also see how Danny recovers from the game. To have both [and Adam Webster] back – we’ve been a little bit light, while those two have been unavailable. We’ve managed with the three we’ve had with Joel [Veltman], Dunky and Ben [White].
Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has been tipped to sign a new £200k-per-week contract - doubling his existing salary - with the club, but will only do so if France international Paul Pogba also remains at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)
“But if you get any injuries or suspensions, you’re down to just the two. It’s good to have them back, we have to be careful with them in terms of making sure they have recovered, but on and off the pitch they’re important for us because of their personalities and their characters.
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Brighton & Hove Albion and the rest of the Premier League, as the build-up to the weekend action continues:
Following news of Real Madrid snapping up Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, Manchester United have been tipped to swoop for Los Blancos ace Raphael Varane this summer. However, they could face competition from Chelsea. (Manchester Evening News)
Pundit Jamie O'Hara has controversially claimed that ex-European Super League side Spurs are a "bigger club" than Leeds United, and urged Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa to take the vacant role of Tottenham manager following Jose Mourinho's exit. (talkSPORT)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted that the European Super League is still "on standby" despite nine of the twelve founding teams, including all six from England, announcing their withdrawal following a mass public outcry. (BBC Sport)
Chelsea have been linked with a summer swoop for Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, as they look to overhaul their goal-shy front-line. Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner have just 15 league goals between them this season. (Mirror)
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Sparta Prague striker Adam Hlozek, as they plan to overhaul their attacking line this summer. The teenage sensation is also rumoured to be of interest to Arsenal and West Ham. (Football Insider)
Leeds United have been named the close second favourites to sign Arsenal wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, behind Crystal Palace. The £20m-rated ace is currently impressing on a loan spell with West Brom, who continue to battle to avoid relegation. (SkyBet)
Newcastle United's hopes of signing star loanee Joe Willock, who could cost north of £20m, look to have received a boost, with reports claiming the player is eager to remain at St James' Park next season. (Football Insider)
Brighton & Hove Albion have been named among the favourites to sign West Brom's star goalkeeper Sam Johnston this summer. However, the likes of West Ham and Man Utd look to have a significantly better chance of signing the England hopeful. (SkyBet)
Reports from Spain have claimed that West Ham United are willing to spend an eye-watering £40m on Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri this summer. The 23-year-old, who is also on Juventus' radar, has scored 17 goals in La Liga so far this season. (Sport Witness)