'Next Seamus Coleman' scouted by Arsenal set for €200k Brighton switch

Manchester United were also said to be keen on Brian Lenihan - who looks set to join Brighton and Hove Albion.

One of the best bargain buys in recent years has to be that of Seamus Coleman by Everton. Now the man dubbed the 'next Seamus Coleman' because of their similar story looks set to forge his path to English football - with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brian Lenihan is currently with Cork City and is a versatile player, who can feature in midfield, central defence or at right-back.

He has recently come into top form for The Leesiders and is now being watched by a heap of Premier League and Championship clubs - including big guns such as Arsenal and Manchester United.

Earlier in the month it was confirmed by Cork manager John Caulfield that Lenihan would be leaving the club in the coming weeks:

"Everyone knows who has watched him. Arsenal have watched him, Hull have. We’ve realised that Manchester United have watched him, Tottenham, Everton and Villa have watched him. They’ve all had direct club employees to look at him

"The official situation is that we received two bids and both have been rejected. One of the clubs has come back to us and we’re in negotiations with them but there's still quite a bit of work to do. There's a lot of talking to be done. Do I think that he’ll be gone across channel in the next couple of weeks? I believe that he will..."

Lenihan was reportedly the subject of a failed £130k bid from Crystal Palace and Hull are believed to be the team who have made two bids for his services. Meanwhile Bournemouth, Celtic, Leeds and Huddersfield are also said to be keen.

But despite the apparent interest from the likes of Arsenal and United Lenihan is on the move - with the majority believing he is off to join Championship side Brighton.

Cork have today confirmed a bid has been accepted for their star player, stating:

"Cork City Football Club can confirm that the club has received an offer for our player, Brian Lenihan, which has been accepted."

Considering the price of the player, and the calibre of clubs that were interested in signing him, this looks like a shrewd piece of business from Sami Hyppia and co.

Brighton fans can surely get excited about his arrival, as Brighton look to push on toward promotion this campaign.

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