Hull City are keen on a move for Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The highly-rated shot stopper has spent this season on loan at Wigan Athletic and has been a key player for the Latics who have achieved an immediate return to the Championship. They are interested in bringing him back to the DW Stadium for the next campaign, but will now face competition from Hull City.
The Tigers secured their Championship survival yesterday with a 5-5 draw away to Bristol City. Their manager, Nigel Adkins, will already be plotting some potential summer targets for his side. With Allan McGregor’s contract up at the end of the season, Adkins may see Walton as an ideal replacement.
The 22-year-old started his career at Plymouth Argyle before signing for Brighton in 2013. He has played 4 times for the Seagulls since joining them but has spent most of his time out on loan to gain first-team experience.
Walton’s first loan spells came in the 2015/16 season where he spent the first half of the campaign at Bury before returning to Plymouth for the remainder. He then had separate spells at Luton Town and Southend United last season before he was snapped up by Wigan last summer.
He has also represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level so is seen as a promising talent. Brighton may still see him as a long-term option so any potential departure for him in the summer may be on loan again.