English Championship sides Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion, and new joiners Aston Villa are fighting for Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan, according to reports. Aston Villa are keen on returning to the Premier League as soon as possible.
They have gone lengths that hint that Roberto Di Matteo could have a chance, but other Championship sides wouldn’t have it. Rolan has been attracting interests from several clubs across Europe but after his brilliant start in the new campaign, French News outlet RMC Sport claim that representatives from Norwich, and Brighton and Hove Albion were watching the player in a game
recently with the hope to sign him.
Rolan plays for Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1, and he has scored two goals in three games so far. Aston Villa were linked to the player all summer. The report says they are still interested in the 26-year old forward. However, they would have to battle their Championship counterparts to land the player this summer, or in the next.
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English Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Ben Hall ahead of the coming season, according to a report from the BBC Sports.
The club didn’t disclose the transfer fee of the player. Hall, who is 19 years old, made 19 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in the last campaign. His new deal with Brighton is for two years, but he is set to play in Albion’s under-21 squad initially.
The player is a Northern Ireland Under-19 international and the Seagulls’ coach claims he would join the first team of the club with time. Chris Hughton told the website: “Ben is an excellent young prospect. His challenge is not only to progress but to be ready to make that step up into the first-team squad.”
Motherwell claim the player was offered several different deals to remain at Fir Park, which he joined form Dungannon Swifts in 2013, but he refused the deals to join Albion. Manager Mark McGhee told his club website: “We have been in discussions with Ben for the best part of five months,” “However, we have always been conscious that this may happen and, as such, have been working on a replacement, which we hope to announce soon.” Continue reading 'BRIGHTON SIGNS BEN HALL WHILE LUTON BUYS GLEN REA'»
English Championship side Brighton have resigned Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray on a season long transfer deal.
The player joined Bournemouth for £4 million in the last campaign on the deadline day as a matter of fact but he could only garner seven starts all season. When he was with the seagulls he netted 56 times in his three and half year stay. His effort and goals helped the club win the League One title back in 2011. He had joined the club back then from “Rochdale but made a major impact that convinced the club to give a second chance despite his poor statistics last season
Club boss Chris Hughton said: “Everyone at the club, and the supporters, know what Glenn will offer us. He is a proven goal scorer and an excellent addition to the squad.”
The player who has played for Barrow, Carlisle, Stockport, Crystal Palace and Reading will join other additions Steve Sidwell and Ben Hall as new arrivals when the season kicks off. They hope to feature when the new season begins on August 6th. They are billed to start the forthcoming Championship season with a trip to Derby County. Continue reading 'BRIGHTON RESIGN BOURNEMOUTH STRIKER'»
Aitor Karanka is calling for the strongest possible referee for Boro’s last day promotion shoot-out against Brighton to help manage the crucial game well.
No doubt, the game would involve high pressure and high stakes in a game worth £100m plus to the victors.
This necessitates the call by the Boro coach to ask for the coolest, calmest and most experienced officials that the Football League can call on. They are still fuming about the mistake by inexperienced linesman Tom Nield at Birmingham that ruled out what would have been a winner for Dani Ayala. He said:
“I would like to have the very best referee.
“The Championship is one of the best leagues in the world and we are both playing to get promotion. I am going to put the best team possible on the pitch and Chris Hughton will put his best 11 on the pitch too.
“And so this game needs the best referees, the best linesmen, the best fourth official – not for Brighton, not for Middlesbrough but for the league.
“This game is being watched all around the world and for the best of the league we need the best officials possible. If a referee makes one mistake the implications are huge – but even a Premier League referee can make mistakes and I prefer not to think about that.
“I can only think about my players and how we play, I can’t control the other things. That is not in my hands.”
Acknowledging how the match might go, Karanka added: Continue reading 'KARANKA: BORO VS BRIGHTON GAME NEEDS A STRONG REFEREE'»
Chris Hughton is hoping that the promotion race goes until the final weekend.
Middlesbrough, Burnley, and Brighton are the teams currently involved in the race for automatic promotions. Only the top two teams will be promoted automatically to the Premier League whereas the rest will be competing for a play-off place. The latter is extremely dangerous for club’s desperately in need of promotion. Often, teams that have momentum towards the end of the campaign into getting promoted to the play-offs. Hughton will want to enhance his reputation as a manager by getting Brighton through the automatic places.
His team has done exceedingly well since the turn of the year to be close to the top of the table. Brighton are just two points behind Burnley with six matches left. However, the likely competition is now coming from Middlesbrough, who are one point ahead of Brighton but with a game in hand. Hughton is already looking forward to Middlesbrough’s final game of the campaign, which will be against his team. He is hoping that the promotion race goes into the final weekend so as to enhance the excitement for the viewers. There are some potentially tough encounters for Brighton between now and end of the campaign. This includes a home game against Derby in the penultimate match. Continue reading 'Chris Hughton hoping for Promotional Race to go till Weekend'»
There was a point in time when Brighton & Hove Albion was positioned in the very top of the English League Championship and looked like the team to beat of this football division. This was back in November of 2015 but they went through a slump of disappointing results in December where the team of Chris Hughton was simply not able to win any single match and have dropped a few spots in the 2nd tier English League.
The slump that Brighton & Hove Albion went through in December of 2015 saw them playing a total of 6 league matches and Chris Hughton’s team only managed to win 1 while losing 2 games and drawing the remaining 3 matches.
Chris Hughton is still aiming to secure a promotion spot that would allow his team to compete in the upcoming Premier League season and in order to get back to the top spots, the head chiefs of the club have given Hughton an undisclosed amount of money so that he can sign top players in the winter transfer window and reinforce his squad.
The manager of Brighton & Hove Albion has not wasted any time in this winter transfer window as he has already added a player to his squad. A few days ago it was confirmed that the 24 year old midfielder Anthony Knockaert was signed on an undisclosed fee as Chris Hughton is acting fast in his journey of reinforcing his team and getting back to the top of the English League Championship. Continue reading 'Chris Hughton will reinforce his squad and get back to the top'»