Could either Newcastle’s Karl Darlow or Tim Krul be a good option as a goalkeeper for Brighton?
Birmingham City have confirmed the signing of David Stockdale on a three-year deal from Brighton and Hove Albion, with the goalkeeper becoming Harry Redknapp’s first signing as manager.
It is a deal that leaves Brighton, who are preparing for life in the Premier League after promotion in 2016/17, looking for their first choice between the sticks for the upcoming season.
With veteran Casper Ankergren confirming his retirement this summer and Chris Walton having failed to be offered a new deal, it leaves Niki Maenpaa (who himself is yet to sign a new contract) as the only option in goal.
It would be doubtful if Seagulls boss Chris Hughton sees Maenpaa – who made just six senior appearances over the past 12 months – as his number one choice and therefore a new ‘keeper will be a priority in the transfer market.
Yet perhaps Hughton need look no further than his former club and fellow promoted side, Newcastle United, who also look set for an overhaul at the back.
The Chronicle says Rafael Benitez is keen for a reunion with Napoli stopper Pepe Reina at St James’ Park, and a different report from the same newspaper also claims that none of Karl Darlow, Tim Krul, Matz Sels, or Freddie Woodman have any certainty over their futures at the club.
While Sels has failed to assert himself with the Magpies after a 2016 move from Gent, and Woodman is probably not yet experienced enough to be first choice for a Premier League side, could either Darlow or Krul be a decent option for Brighton?
Darlow probably hopes he can still keep his place at Newcastle after making 34 Championship appearances last season, but Krul has been heavily linked with a move away despite having 157 games in the English top flight to his name.
While the Seagulls have been heavily linked with a move for Valencia’s Matthew Ryan and Sky Sports even claiming a fee has been agreed, could signing the Dutchman be a more shrewd move for Hughton?