However, if that interest is still in place, the Seagulls could have fresh competition for the ex-Bournemouth winger’s signature, with 90min.com reporting that the newly-promoted Premier League trio of Leeds, West Brom and Fulham have all entered the transfer race for the 26-year-old.
Although Tottenham and Arsenal have seemingly ended their interest in the Scotland international, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Ham could all be in contention to land his signature, as per 90min.com.
Fraser excelled for Bournemouth in the 2018/19 with seven goals and 14 assists, the latter figure beaten only by Eden Hazard of Chelsea in that campaign. However, his return dipped to just one goal and four assists last season as the Cherries dropped out of the Premier League.
The winger has made 120 appearances during his four years in England’s top division, with 16 goals and 29 assists in those games. With a track record like that, it should come as no great surprise that so many top-flight clubs are eager to secure his services on a free transfer.
Were he to join Brighton, Fraser’s main competition for a place on the left flank is Leandro Trossard, who netted five goals and provided three assists in his first season at the Amex Stadium in 2019/20.
Solly March found his game-time limited last term and provided just one assist, while Jose Izquierdo has been laid low with a long-term knee injury and may struggle to get back into the line-up once he recovers.
Fraser averaged 1.6 key passes and one successful cross per game last season – among Brighton’s squad, only Pascal Gross had higher averages for those metrics, with two and 1.6 respectively (as per WhoScored).
Judging by those statistics, Fraser could be an effective addition to Brighton’s squad if they sign him, while his 2018/19 return shows how effective he can be when at his best. Also, even if he doesn’t displace Trossard straight away, he would likely provide stiff competition for the Belgian in a position where the Seagulls aren’t blessed with options.
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However, with three more clubs seemingly joining the hunt for the 26-year-old, Albion cannot afford to dawdle if they are serious about signing the Scottish winger. Given his Premier League previous, it seems only a matter of time before one of his many suitors swoops for him.
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