Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Brighton And Hove’s Bid For Star Defender Rejected By Bristol City: 3 Alternatives Including Sunderland Star

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton And Hove Albion have not done much wrong in their first season in the top flight after a long time. Though they have not found too much consistency this season, they are in the 16th position in the league table, in a decent position to avoid relegation.

However, the manager wants to make sure that they do not have any issues in the business end of the season and is desperate for some additions. He is looking to add a quality CB to his side but has failed in his attempt to land Bristol City star Aden Flint this month.

According to reports, the Championship outfit have rejected a £6m bid for his services earlier this week. So should Brighton go back with a better bid? What other options do they have? Here are three alternatives they should look to land this month if they miss out on Flint:

Jose Fonte (West Ham United):

The Portuguese international is not liking his time in London too much. Having missed a lot of the current season with an injury, the former Southampton CB has made just 8 appearances this season for the Hammers and could be off-loaded. He has been linked with an exit in the past and his experience will be a huge addition to the squad at Brighton. He may not be a long-term option but is definitely a player that will get them closer to safety.

Lamine Kone (Sunderland):

The Sunderland defender has struggled to get into the first team at Stadium of Light this season but was effective in the top flight last season, before the Black Cats went down. He could be up for sale, after a fall out with the club and Brighton should definitely look at him as an option at the back this season. He will be available on the cheap, has previous top-flight experience and is perfect for the English style of play. He will only improve the quality at the Falmer Stadium and is a decent acquisition for the Seagulls.

Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht):

One player that has already been linked with a move to the club is Senegalese star Kara Mbodji. A transfer target for Liverpool as well, Mbodji is not too expensive and could be tempted by the financial incentives and regular playing time at Brighton. He is 28 and in his best shape as a footballer. He may feel a move to Brighton is a step down from the highs at Anderlecht but the quality of the game in England will help him improve as a player and cement his place in the first team for his national side in the World Cup later this year.

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