The Daily Mail reports that defender Ryan Bennett may not be without a club for much longer. He was officially released at the end of the season following the expiration of his Norwich City contract, but Brighton & Hove Albion and three other clubs are hoping to pounce.

The Seagulls will make their debut in the Premier League next season and manager Chris Hughton has set his sights on adding more depth to his squad. Bennett would provide good cover for the likes of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, with central defence being a problem area for injuries and suspensions in their promotion campaign.

The 27-year-old was one of seven names, including long-serving goalkeeper John Ruddy, to be told that their Carrow Road contracts wouldn’t be extended. Bennett however does possess good experience, including from his time at Grimsby Town and Peterborough United. He made the move to Norwich in 2012 for a fee believed to be in the region of £3million.

It is believed however that Brighton are not the only club said to be monitoring Bennett’s situation. Relegated duo Middlesbrough and Hull City, and also Swansea City, who have survived in the top flight, are also keen on signing up the player too.

Hughton is also looking at the likes of Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as well, who would also provide excellent depth to what is a relatively small squad at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton ended the Sky Bet Championship season in second place behind champions Newcastle United. The club ended the 2016/17 campaign on 93 points, which was eight points ahead of Reading, who occupied third spot in the league standings.

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