Report: Brighton to rival Trabzonspor in pursuit of Sunderland star

Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Brighton have joined Trabzonspor in list of clubs interested in signing Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson.

Brighton manager Chris HughtonBrighton manager Chris Hughton

The future of Sebastian Larsson remains uncertain with a number of options on the table for the Sunderland midfielder; who is out of contract this summer.

The Black Cats are keen to keep hold of the 32-year-old and will offer a new deal themselves, according to the Sunderland Echo, but Larsson is keeping his options open with Brighton and Hove Albion said to be showing interest.

Turkish side Trabzonspor have already offered a deal to the Sweden international, but he is keen to stay in the UK and Brighton have the benefit of playing in the Premier League.

The Sussex team and Sunderland have effectively swapped places ahead of the 2017/18 season, with the Seagulls promoted from the Championship and the Black Cats relegated to the second tier.

Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson in actionSunderland's Sebastian Larsson in action

Also, with no manager currently in place at the Stadium of Light and concern over finances, the North East outfit are not in a great position to give Larsson assurances over his position at the club.

Brighton, meanwhile, are looking to bolster their squad and Chris Hughton has wasted no time in pushing forward with that, signing goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Valencia in a club record deal.

Burnley's Joey Barton in action with Sunderland's Sebastian LarssonBurnley's Joey Barton in action with Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson

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