Brighton and Hove Albion enjoyed a good season in the top flight as they managed to finish at a respectable 15th position in the 2017-18 campaign and Chris Hughton will be looking to build on from here for the next season. They are already making a move in the transfer market as they recently secured the signing of Nigerian defender Leon Balogun from Mainz and Romanian forward Florin Andone from Deportivo. Now they have set their sights on Reading centre-back Liam Moore.
Reading survived a relegation scare as they somehow managed to finish 20th and they will certainly be looking to keep hold of their main centreback. However, they will be powerless if Brighton make a concrete offer for him and according to reports, the Royals have already turned down one bid for the defender. A lot was expected out of Reading as they were in the playoff finals last season only and had to suffer a heartbreak of losing it on penalties.
The 25-year-old went on to play every single minute of the league in the previous season and he even managed to score three goals and provide two assists. He has gone on to represent England at the u-17 and u-21 level as well. He can even turn out for Jamaica internationally, through descent.
The Englishman has his contract at the club up until 2021 and it remains to be seen whether he will continue plying his trade in the English second division.
He has prior experience of playing in the Premier League with Leicester City. He was part of the team who secured their promotion to Premier League in the 2014-15 campaign and was with them for another year after that.
The Seagulls were defensively organised in the previous campaign and they will be looking to continue that for the upcoming season. The likes of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk did well at the back and it is expected that Moore will come in to bring more strength and competition for places in the centre back position.
The defender might be excited to have a taste of the Premier League again and that will certainly benefit Chris Hughton. Reading will certainly try to maximise the revenues if they don’t manage to hold on to him and after the first bid has been rejected, it remains to be seen whether Brighton will come up with an improved offer for the defender.