Brighton manager Graham Potter has addressed transfer reports suggesting that the Seagulls have signed Belgian teenager Lars Dendoncker.
On Tuesday, Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur tweeted (via @HLNinEngeland) that the 19-year-old had signed a two-year deal with an option for Brighton and would link up with their under-23 squad.
Lars Dendoncker, brother of Wolves player Leander, has signed a two year deal with option for Brighton. The youth international (19) will join Brighton’s U23 squad. His contract with Club Brugge ran out. #bhafc #wolves pic.twitter.com/xdNbiXSRdb
— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) June 30, 2020
However, as per Sussex Live, Potter poured cold water on those reports ahead of his team’s clash against Norwich tomorrow, saying: “No update. I don’t talk about players that aren’t at Brighton. It’s just speculation. Sorry I can’t say anything about that. We’re in the middle of the season and we’re focused completely on winning football matches.”
The 19-year-old has yet to make his senior debut for the Belgian club or even be included in a first team matchday squad, although he was a regular presence in Brugge’s UEFA Youth League campaign in 2019/20, in which he featured against Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain (as per TransferMarkt).
Do you think Brighton will sign Lars Dendoncker?
If Brighton are to sign him, they would do so with an eye to the future, given the competition for centre-back places in Potter’s first team which has seen Shane Duffy, a regular under Chris Hughton in previous seasons, make just 12 Premier League starts this term.
The blunt manner in which Potter dismissed the speculation regarding Dendoncker suggests that Brighton still have a way to go if they are to clinch a deal for the young defender.
He probably would have to be content with youth team football if he were to move to the Amex Stadium, although he could take heart from how another 19-year-old, Tariq Lamptey, has broken into the first team recently and not looked out of place among more experienced professionals.
There could be another bit to run yet in the Seagulls’ reported pursuit of the Belgian prospect.
Brighton fans, would you like to have Lars Dendoncker at the Amex? Could you see him breaking into the first team like Lamptey has done? Comment below with your views!
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