The Daily Mail report that newly-promoted Premier League debutantes Brighton and Hove Albion are eyeing up a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw.
Ahead of their Premier League bow against Manchester City, the Seagulls are reportedly looking to bolster their midfield options, especially pertinent after loaning former Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood to Middlesbrough’s divisional rivals Fulham.
Brighton have brought in five new arrivals since their first ever promotion to the top flight, with Hughton clearly looking to rely on the bulk of the squad that secured their historic achievement – but the former Norwich manager seemingly views Forshaw as someone who can add something to his midfield options ahead of the big kick off.
Forshaw was, somewhat surprisingly, a standout performer for Boro during their first season back in the top flight since 2009, showing signs of the form that saw him so highly rated in League 1 with Brentford – as Aitor Karanka’s counter-attacking style suited his lungbusting runs from midfield more than the task of breaking down massed ranks in the Championship did.
Hughton presumably eyes a similar role for Forshaw, as his side looks set to spend the majority of the season on the back foot, while the arrival of Jonny Howson and retention of Adam Clayton and Marten de Roon mean that the former Wigan man is by no means a guaranteed starter for Garry Monk’s side in the coming season.
At the time of writing, Forshaw is probably Middlesbrough’s fourth choice central midfielder, so a big bid from a newly-promoted Premier League club, flush with cash, could tempt them to part company with the former Brentford man.
As previously mentioned, Forshaw is bizarrely better suited to playing Premier League football, where he can burst forward into space, than at the top of the Championship, where he doesn’t quite have the guile to unlock packed defences, the likes of which Boro are likely to be faced with on numerous occasions this season.
Nevertheless, Boro clearly don’t need to sell, so will wait for Brighton to splash the cash before even making a decision on Forshaw’s future.
Boro fans – would you listen to offers for Forshaw? Is he dispensible? Let us know in the comments below…