Report: Brighton's Solly March to snub new contract offer, Southampton prepare move

Burnley's Michael Keane in action with Brighton's Solly March

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Solly March has been linked with Southampton.

Brighton and Hove Albion's Solly March

According to the Mirror (live transfer thread, July 16th 2016 at 20:53), Brighton and Hove Albion’s Solly March will snub a new contract offer with Southampton expected to move once he regains full fitness.

The report claims the Seagulls’ improved contract terms hasn’t convinced the player to sign on, while long-term admirers Southampton wait in the wings as they prepare to make an offer.

March came through the Brighton youth academy and impressed upon debutising for the first-team, nailing down a regular spot and earning international recognition with the England U21 team.

Brighton's Solly March scores their first goal

The talented winger was key in helping the south coast club remain unbeaten in the early stages of last season, yet a cruel injury at Derby County ended his campaign as early as December.

Capable of playing either on the wing or in the middle, March has been described as a box-to-box type player who has the stamina to cover the length of the pitch while possessing excellent technique on the ball.

Brighton will be hopeful of seeing him progress at Amex for some time to come, yet the latest reports in the Mirror suggest the player will snub a new contract offer which prompts questions over his future.

Brighton's Solly March shoots at goal and Bobby Zamora (not pictured) scores the rebound

Southampton have an excellent recent record in the transfer market when it comes to buying younger players, and a move for March makes sense considering they recently sold Sadio Mane.

Chris Hughton’s men will value him highly, though the Saints have money to spend and may see March as a wise investment with the player capable of becoming a Premier League star in the future.

Burnley's Michael Keane in action with Brighton's Solly March

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