Brighton's hot pursuit of Liverpool's Rhian Brewster takes an unexpected £20m twist

Brighton and Hove Albion continue their quest to sign a striker before the end of the summer transfer window.
Liverpool's Rhian Brewster is a striker in demandLiverpool's Rhian Brewster is a striker in demand
Liverpool's Rhian Brewster is a striker in demand

Albion are among a clutch of Premier League clubs keen on capturing Liverpool's Rhian Brewster on a season long loan.

Graham Potter's team remain determined to bolster their attack and provide support for last season's top scorer Neal Maupay.

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Brighton, who start their Premier League campaign against Chelsea on September 14, are short of numbers in attacking areas following Glenn Murray's surprise move to Watford last week.

Maupay netted 10 goals for the Seagulls last campaign following his £16m switch from Brentford.

Leandro Trossard, who plays in an attacking midfield role, was next in the goal charts with five and Ireland international Aaron Connolly scored three top flight goals in an encouraging breakthrough season.

Brighton have also been strongly linked with Almeria's Uruguay international Darwin Nunez and Stuttgart forward Nicolás González.

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Liverpool's Brewster however remains firmly on their radar and loan move to a Premier League club appeared likely for the next stage of his development.

The Reds are yet to make up their minds on Brewster and are set for talks with their talented young goal-getter when he returns from England under-21 duty later this week.

Aston Villa were one of many clubs looking for a loan deal but they upped their interest further this week and it appears they are ready to offer £20m for a permananet deal.

Villa are also keen to add some fire power having missed out on Callum Wilson following his move to Newcastle.

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Dean Smith's team have also been frustrated in their attempts to prise Celtic's Odsonne Edouard away from the Scottish Champions.

Brewster impressed while on loan at Swansea last campaign and has since expressed his desire to fight for a place at Liverpool this season.

"Ultimately, I want to be at Liverpool next season. I want to be fighting for a spot to play," Brewster told the Beautiful Game podcast.

"Who is not going to want to play at the home of the champions? I don’t really want to go on loan, but if that’s the best thing for me to do, to go away and get more game time, then that’s what I’m going to do.

"Realistically, I want to play for Liverpool.

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"I want to be the striker, you know? I’ll go to [the Reds’ pre-season training camp], work hard and then whatever the boss says to do, I will accept, whether that’s to stay or whether that’s to go back on loan."