Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland are preparing for an offer from newly promoted Brighton for midfielder Seb Larsson, according to the Sunderland Echo.
The Seagulls were promoted to the English top-flight last season after finishing second – despite looking like they would win the title – and Chris Hughton will now be looking to strengthen his side ahead of the upcoming season.
Larsson will become a free agent as soon as his contract on Wearside expires. Sunderland may be intending on retaining the 32-year-old following their relegation from the Barclays Premier last season after finishing bottom of the table, however financial restrictions at the Stadium of Light and uncertainty over who will manage the Black Cats may mean numerous sides will come in and raid Wearside for experienced players at low prices.
Brighton have already begun their transfer business; signing Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Valencia for a club record deal in order to replace David Stockdale, who moved to Birmingham City, but are now looking to strengthen midfield by adding the Swedish international.
Larsson has over 300 appearances in the English top-flight and would bring a wealth of experience to any side in England. A move elsewhere in Europe would have been on the cards with Turkish side Trabzonspor reportedly placing an offer for the Swede, but Larsson’s agent ruled out a move away from the UK.
The former Birmingham and Arsenal player has made 203 appearances for Sunderland, netting 25 times during over 15,000 minutes for the Black Cats. However, Larsson’s primary contribution comes from creating goals, collecting 50 assists during his career with the likes of the Blues and the Black Cats.