Brighton goalkeeper David Button could soon be on his way out of the club amid reports of Premier League interest.
The Telegraph journalist John Percy tweeted (via @JPercyTelegraph) that the Seagulls are in talks with newly-promoted West Brom over a potential deal for the 31-year-old, with a fee of roughly £1m set to be paid if the deal goes through.
West Brom are in talks with Brighton over a deal to sign goalkeeper David Button. Fee of around £1m if all goes through. Birmingham have agreed a £1m fee for #wba winger Jonathan Leko, as have #swfc. #bcfc #bhafc
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) August 24, 2020
Button joined Brighton from Fulham two years ago for £4.05m (as per TransferMarkt) but has had to be content with a backup role amid the near-constant presence of Mat Ryan as first-choice ‘keeper at the Amex Stadium.
The 31-year-old has played just 11 times for the Seagulls, with only three appearances last term (all in cup competitions) and a mere four in the Premier League, which came midway through the 2018/19 campaign when Ryan was away with Australia at the Asian Cup.
Button had the unenviable distinction of being named in the matchday squad for every league game last season but failing to make a single appearance, warming the bench for the full duration of all 38 matches (as per TransferMarkt).
While that suggests that he was Graham Potter’s go-to alternative for Ryan, the competition for goalkeeping places at the Amex has been amplified by the return of Christian Walton from his loan spell at Blackburn, where the 24-year-old was ever-present in their Championship campaign. Jason Steele is also available as an option between the sticks.
With a respectable if unspectacular concession rate of 13 goals in his 11 games for Brighton (1.18 per game), Button has done little wrong during his time in Sussex.
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However, with Walton buoyed by his year at Blackburn and no sign of Ryan being displaced any time soon, it’s unsurprising that the ex-Fulham ‘keeper may be seeking a new challenge, especially at 31, and it seems like just a matter of time before his exit is confirmed.
Brighton fans, what have you made of Button during his time at the Amex? Would it be a mistake to let him leave this year? Comment below with your views!
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