Brighton have already been promoted to the Premier League, but they will have to wait to be crowned champions – needing a Newcastle slip-up against Preston North End on Monday to confirm this so.
Promotion to the top-tier will bring with it the need for some reshaping of the team, with survival on newly promoted sides often short in tenure without significant investment that brings in a different class of player.
Promoted sides from the Championship often tend to struggle at both ends of the pitch, letting in too many at one end whilst not scoring enough at the other. Brighton have a miserly Championship defence, having only conceded 38 times over the course of their 44 games to press.
At the other end of the field, up front they have the twin talents of Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert with 22 and 15 goals respectively – although Murray has struggled scoring away from the AMEX, netting just three times.
With this in mind, Brighton have been installed as second-favourites by bookmakers BetVictor to sign Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe at odds of 4/1 in the summer window and ahead of their return to the top flight and 2017/18 campaign.
34-year-old Defoe, who scored on his recall to the England side recently, would certainly fit what the Seagulls are looking for, that blend of Premier League experience and goal threat. Defoe already has 14 Premier League goals to his name this term in a Sunderland side rooted to the foot of the table on 21 points and nine points from safety.
Ahead of Brighton in the BetVictor odds for Defoe’s signature are Premier League side West Ham United at odds of 5/2 with fellow likely promoted Championship side Newcastle United not too far behind, rated at 8/1 to sign the striker who once scored in 10 consecutive games when on loan at Bournemouth as an 18-year-old.