Graham Potter update on striker search amid Arsenal Folarin Balogun and Liverpool Divock Origi speculation

Brighton and Hove Albion continue their quest to sign a striker before the end of the summer transfer window with Arsenal's Folarin Balogun and Liverpool's Divock Origi said to be on their radar

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 12:36 pm
Liverpool's Divock Origi has been linked with a move to Brighton

Brighton's need to bolster their attack was highlighted during the 3-1 home loss to Chelsea in the Premier League opener last Monday.

Graham Potter's squad appears light in attacking areas and his options were reduced further following the recent departure of veteran forward Glenn Murray to Watford.

Neal Maupay enjoyed a decent first season in the Premier League and scored 10 goals, while Potter also hopes Aaron Connolly and Leandro Trossard can add to their totals of last campaign.

Trossard is off the mark already following his strike against Chelsea but bringing in a new goalscorer does remain a priority.

Brighton have been linked with number of forwards during the window including Balogun, Origi and Rhian Brewster.

"It's looking good," said Potter when asked how the search was progressing. "Same as it was the last press conference. We are trying to improve the group of course if we can. It's the responsibility of the club during the transfer window.

"But we also focus on the group we have and try to improve those. We have the opportunity to see some players (against Portsmouth) who have not played in the Premier League.

"It is a great opportunity for them to show what they can do and to put themselves in a position to compete for a place in the team.

"Sometimes the speculation is an easy one. We have lost Glenn (Murray) and we have not brought anyone in from outside. But as I have said before we have players who can take a step internally.

"It was nice to see Leandro (Trossard) on the scoresheet (against Chelsea) he's one who can fight and add to his tally from last year. So can Neal (Maupay), so can Aaron (Connolly) and so can Ali (Jahanbakhsh) and then it is up to us to try and improve as a team to increase our goal-scoring capabilities.

"We try and improve if we can and try to find the right person and player to do that and help the team that is already here.

"It is not so straightforward but I'm happy with the group and the personality we have shown and try to get better."

Brighton are in Carabao Cup action tonight (7.45pm) as they welcome League One Portsmouth to the Amex Stadium.

On Sunday they face Newcastle for their first away match of the new Premier League season.

Adam Lallana (calf) and Ben White (ankle) will not feature against Portsmouth but Potter said their injuries sustained against Chelsea were not as bad as first feared and refused to rule either player out for Newcastle.