Brighton are reportedly closing in on the signing of teenage Wigan prospect Jensen Weir, who had also attracted transfer interest from Tottenham.
Daily Mail reporter Mike Keegan tweeted (via @MikeKeegan_DM) that a deal which could take the 18-year-old to the Amex Stadium is “very close” as negotiations between the clubs continue. He added that Spurs had been interested in the youngster but the Londoners now looks set to miss out on him.
On Wigan, told negotiations are ongoing but a deal which would take Jensen Weir to Brighton is 'very close' after further talks today. Not great for the club to be losing such a young talent but it will generate vital funds. Spurs had been interested. #wafc
— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) July 7, 2020
Capable of playing in central midfield or on the right wing, he has six caps for England at under-18 level and has made four senior appearances at Wigan, albeit with only one of those in the Championship. [via TransferMarkt]
If the Seagulls complete the signing of Jensen Weir, he would likely be regarded as a future prospect rather than a ready-made first team player, given his inexperience at senior level. However, Graham Potter has not been reluctant to give youth its fling at the Amex Stadium.
Tariq Lamptey only had a handful of senior appearances for Chelsea before breaking into Brighton’s first team recently, while the manager has also thrown Aaron Connolly and Alexis Mac Allister into the fray during the season, with the Irish striker scoring twice on his first Premier League start against Tottenham last October.
Although Weir remains largely untested in senior football, that Brighton look likely to see off a club like Tottenham, Champions League finalists just 13 months ago, to his signature should be a real feather in the Seagulls’ cap.
Do you think Jensen Weir could make as big an impact at Brighton as Lamptey and Connolly?
Also, with Wigan going into administration last week and facing a very uncertain future, they will almost certainly need to sell key assets and promising youngsters, so there seems a very strong chance of Brighton getting the deal done and having another prodigious young talent on their books to go along with the likes of Lamptey and Connolly.
Brighton fans, do you think Weir will break into the first team next season if the Seagulls sign him this summer? Share your views in the comments section below!
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