South coast latest: Cherries defender in demand, Pompey transfer update

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Today's south coast latest brings you all the latest news from Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Sonny Bradley leaves Pompey but Westcarr signs

Portsmouth centre-back Sonny Bradley has today joined Crawley Town after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Andy Awford. 

The BBC are reporting that the 22-year-old versatile defender has signed for the Sussex club on a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.

Bradley was part of the Pompey side who struggled in League Two last season despite being labelled favourites for promotion.

He featured 38-times for the club last season and was one of Pompey's better performers until the arrival of Ritchie Barker, from which he then struggled to regain his first team spot.

Crawley are understood to have fought off a host of Championship and League One clubs for his signature. Manager John Gregory said: "Sonny is a commanding defender and someone I have been targeting for some time."

"We have good depth in our central defensive positions now but Sonny will be challenging for a regular place."

Pompey have also announced the signing of free agent Craig Westcarr on a two-year deal.

Wolves eye Bournemouth's Steve Cook

Wolverhampton Wanderers are understood to be very keen on bringing Bournemouth defender Steve Cook to the west-midlands.

The Bournemouth Echo are reporting that the Cherries are desperately trying to extend Cook's contract in order to fend off interest from his admirers.

Wolves boss Kenny Jacket has according to the Express & Star turned his attention to the 23-year-old after missing out on Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire.

The midland club will face stiff competition if Bournemouth allow him to speak to other clubs as Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Fulham and Norwich are allow said to be interested in the player.

Sami Hyypia: I'm pleased to have more say on transfers

New Brighton manager Sami Hyypia has told The Argus that he is very pleased to have more control over transfers compared to his time in charge at Bayer Leverkusen.

He said: “In Germany a lot of clubs are making the decisions. I am pleased that when I came here I was asked first my opinion, then we do the decisions.”

Brighton are reportedly chasing Costa Rican midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda who will be turning out against England next week. Although the 22-year-old is in high demand throughout Europe, so it will be a struggle for Brighton to attract him to the south coast of England.

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