Brighton Set To Seal Deal For Former Premier League Winner
It's looking as though Brighton & Hove Albion will be adding another striker to the ranks in the coming days.
The Seagulls signed PSV striker Jurgen Locadia last week for a club record fee and they want extra firepower to ensure their remain in the Premier League behind this season.
BREAKING: Albion have completed the club-record signing of striker Jurgen Locadia from Dutch Eredivisie side @PSV, on undisclosed terms.#BHAFC :large_blue_circle::white_circle: pic.twitter.com/uBYdn9rnqC
- Brighton & Hove Albion :soccer: (@OfficialBHAFC) January 19, 2018
According to reports, namely from journalist Peter O'Rourke, Chris Hughton's side are close to re-signing Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa.
The Argentine, a former Premier League winner in 2016, has slipped down the pecking order at the East Midlands outfit and been restricted to just four league appearances.
With such a shortage of first-team football, he wants out and has attracted interest from a number of lower Premier League and upper Championship sides.
But it looks as though he will be returning to the Amex Stadium, where he spent just over a year prior to his £8 million move to Leicester.
Brighton closing in on Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa on loan. #BHAFC #LCFC
- Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) January 26, 2018
Just heard @alex_crook on @talkSPORT saying that Brighton look set to re-sign Leonardo Ulloa. Being reported in the Daily Mail too. Good luck to him. Been a generally solid player for us.
- Jason Bourne :radio: (@JasonBourne1986) January 27, 2018
In 58 appearances for the club, who were in the second tier at the time, the 31-year old netted an impressive tally of 26 - averaging a goal every two games.
It's looking as though it won't be a loan move rather than a permanent transfer and if it materialises, Ulloa will be pushing the likes of Locadia, Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock for a place up top in the starting eleven.
Hughton was asked about Ulloa in his press conference after the fourth round FA Cup win over Middlesbrough, and though he refused to comment specifically, did say the club are looking to do some business for the deadline.
Premier League one-season wonders:
"There's nothing I can tell you. We are trying to make sure we have the best squad we can by the time this window closes," he said, via the Brighton and Hove Independent.
"We are working as hard as we can and certainly if we make any additions, then you will know once any business is done.
"But one thing I will reiterate is I am happy with the squad I've got. For the large part of the season so far, we've fared quite well. If we do (make some signings), we do. If we don't, I'm very happy with the squad."
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