The Argus understands that Brighton & Hove Albion are listening to offers for midfielder Oliver Norwood. The Northern Ireland international has others ahead of him in the central midfield pecking order, and Chris Hughton is open to selling if they receive a sufficient offer.
With Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal and Steve Sidwell on the scene, Norwood is likely to find it difficult for game time in the Premier League next season. Manager Hughton could also strengthen this area too, meaning the former Reading man may struggle to play as much as he’d like in the season to come.
He still has a further two years remaining on his contract at the Amex Stadium, but Hughton clearly believes he is someone he doesn’t necessarily need. Pascal Gross has also made the move from FC Ingolstadt, although he is more of a number ten, plus Huddersfield Town promotion hero Aaron Mooy is on his wish-list too.
This time next summer, there is every chance that Northern Ireland could be involved in the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russia. Should they qualify, Norwood will be hoping to earn a call up and regularly playing time in the months prior to that give him the best possible chance of impressing national team boss Michael O’Neill.
It remains to be seen which exact clubs would be interested in making a move, but it would appear highly likely that the Sky Bet Championship is where Norwood will be next season. This is the league where he is most proven, based on his time at Reading and also Huddersfield. The 26-year-old faces an uncertain future but he’ll surely have interest in him.