Brighton boss Chris Hughton. PA Archive/Press Association Images

Brighton boss Hughton expresses interest in wanted man Towell

The ex-Ireland assistant manager was speaking about the Dundalk star on Off The Ball this evening.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION boss Chris Hughton has said Dundalk midfielder Richie Towell is on their radar.

The PFAI Player of the Year is expected to leave the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions after three seasons with the club.

While the player himself has revealed there is interest from England, the US, Turkey and Poland, reports suggest Championship promotion-chasers Brighton are favourites to secure the 24-year-old’s services.

Seagulls manager Hughton — an ex-Ireland international and former international assistant to Brian Kerr — told Newstalk’s Off The Ball tonight that while they are interested, there is no deal in place.

“Richie’s a player that we’re certainly aware of and I think, I certainly would be because of where he’s played and he’s had a wonderful season,” he said.

“So he’s one that yes, of course, we are aware of but we’re conscious that lots of other clubs are also aware of him.

He’s had a good season and I’m delighted for him because it’s certainly a good league that he’s done it in.

“His performance and what he’s been able to achieve in that season, I think he’s done very, very well for himself but he’s a player that, yes, we are aware of.”

Richie Towell Towell is wanted by a number of clubs. Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

When asked about the quality of player coming out of the League of Ireland, Hughton, whose side sit joint-top of England’s second tier with Hull City, added: 

“I honestly believe it’s not necessarily about the league, its about an individual player and one thing that any player going from the League of Ireland to England, you know you’re not going to have too many problems re settling in and adjusting to what the game was.

“he game is always going to be about individuals so whichever league it is, if you have a good enough individual that’s done well enough, there’s every chance they can excel in another league.

“But what you also have with the League of Ireland is that a lot of players play that at some stage would have been with a group of English teams, whether that’s during an academy period or Premier League team or Championship team or so, so there would be lots of connection. It’s always going to be about individuals doing well enough.”

Listen back to the full interview on Newstalk’s website


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