James Wilson confirms interest from a number of clubs; explains Brighton & Hove Albion choice

Amex Stadium Brighton

Wolves and Derby County were said to be interested in Manchester United striker James Wilson, but he moved to Brighton & Hove Albion instead.

James Wilson has told Brighton & Hove Albion’s official website that he opted to move to the AMEX Stadium because of Chris Hughton’s side’s style of play.

Brighton have promoted a passing style over recent years, and Wilson feels that he could fit in well for the Seagulls.

Indeed, the youngster says that Brighton’s brand of football was the main reason he moved to the south coast, rather than switching to any of the other clubs who were interested in him.

"There were a lot of clubs interested, but there was only one horse in the race for me," he said. "It's a brilliant club, brilliant facilities, and I think the style of play will suit my game, so that was the basis behind my decision.

"You have to think 'How can I develop as a player?' Manchester United agreed that it was a good move for me to go out on loan.

"There were a lot of good clubs that came in for me but once Brighton were mentioned, I've been monitoring them, because they've been doing well in the league. I've watched a few of the games when I can, so it was an easy decision for me really.

Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers were two of the clubs said to be interested in Wilson, by the Daily Mail.

Derby were said to be keen on snapping Wilson up to strengthen their striking options, while Wolves boss Kenny Jackett actually moved to confirm his interest in the youngster to the Express and Star.

However, Brighton ultimately came out on top in the race for the striker’s signature, and they will be hoping that he can show his class in the Championship.

There are great hopes around Wilson’s future, but he has not played regular competitive football before, and he will be keen to prove his capabilities while with Hughton’s side.

Wilson’s debut for Brighton could come this weekend, when the Championship promotion chasers take on Birmingham City.

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