On Friday, the72 reported that Premier League leaders Chelsea were interested in signing Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale to replace Asmir Begovic.

Stockdale is out of contract at the Sky Bet Championship leaders at the end of the season, but the club have confirmed that they are attempting to negotiate a new contract for the shot stopper.

And Brighton boss Chris Hughton has spoken out about his plans to keep Stockdale, ahead of Brighton’s first season in the Premier League next year.

He said: “Certainly we hope so. He’s had a good season for us, is a good age and we definitely hope that he’s here next season.

“We very much want him to be here next season. It’s normal negotiations when it comes to players.

“The David Stockdale situation is no different to other situations that we’ve had.

“It’s always a process. It so happens that with David it’s an end-of-contract at the end of the season.

“We have these normal processes. It’s not something we’re not used to or haven’t experienced.”

The former Fulham goalkeeper was linked with a move back to West London during the January transfer window.

“As regards speculation and any interest from other clubs, we can’t do anything about that. But as I have said, it’s not something that we haven’t experienced before,” Hughton added.

Brighton’s final game of the season is this coming weekend at Aston Villa, and a win would guarantee the Seagulls the Sky Bet Championship title.

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