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Should Brighton continue with their audacious pursuit of Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic?

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Newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion have been involved in some serious transfer window business already this summer, breaking their record fee three times, but they’re not done just yet.

According to reports surfacing from Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Brighton boss Chris Hughton has seen a formal bid in the region of £14 million rejected for Inter Milan forward Stevan Jovetic.

The 27-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of times since moving to Italy, struggling to break into the first-team and being sent out on-loan to Sevilla last season, and Brighton could come to his rescue.

Could Jovetic rekindle his form in the Premier League?

Does the name sound familiar Brighton fans?

If so, that’ll be because Stevan Jovetic was part of the Manchester City squad that won the Premier League title in 2013-14, arriving in the top-flight for £22 million after leaving Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

It is fair to say that it didn’t quite click for him on that occasion but, after a successful loan with Sevilla at the end of last season, he could be ready to give English football another go this year.

The 27-year-old still has a lot to offer at the highest level, with his combination of deceptive power and speed earning him six La Liga goals in just 20 matches, and he is a well-rounded forward.

With Brighton struggling for any sort of attacking impetus in front of goal over their first two games this season he could provide the spark needed to kick-start their campaign; the thought of Anthony Knockaert returning and linking up with Jovetic between midfield lines is promising for the Seagulls.

The Montenegro international is a proven goal-scorer in three of Europe’s top leagues throughout his career to date, and his natural creativity and desire in the box means he’s likely to continue this.

Making the move to Brighton could potentially give Jovetic the chance to set the record straight following an underwhelming – at best – two-year spell at Manchester City, scoring just eight times.

He regularly struggled to dislodge either Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko from the starting eleven, resulting in him only managing 28 Premier League appearances in two seasons, and he fell so far out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini that he was actually loaned out to Inter Milan during 2015-16.

Although a switch to Brighton could be deemed a downgrade after a career spent at sides challenging for Champions League spots, he certainly has a point to prove in England. However, with local outlet The Argus claiming an agreement is in place for FC Zurich’s Raphael Dwamena, a deal for Jovetic seems unlikely.

 

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The opportunity to compete in the Premier League could easily tempt him into making the switch but the main stumbling block will be whether the 27-year-old considers Brighton as a big step down. An opening offer of £14 million has already been turned down according to reports – with it unknown as to whether Brighton can go any higher – and it seems this may be one move too many.

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Connor Goldson desperate for trophies at Rangers in near future

The new Rangers man is keen to bring the glory days back to Ibrox.

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Fans were jubilant last week after securing the signing of impressive defender Connor Goldson from Brighton & Hove Albion last week, and the 25-year-old is bringing the mentality required to bring “revolution” to Ibrox in the near future.

Goldson has revealed his desire to win trophies with the Scottish giants, in quotes via the official club website, and sees the new manager Steven Gerrard as a major turning point in the club’s fortunes.

The Gers have failed to win silverware since their return to the Scottish top-flight in 2016, and have chopped and changed managers regularly, with Gerrard now the third manager to take the reins following Mark Warburton’s dismissal in March of last year.

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But Goldson is undeterred by previous seasons and believes the club will re-establish themselves as contenders on all fronts in Scotland next term.

“It is more team targets that interest me. I want to win things and I have always been in teams that have won things,” the Englishman revealed.

“That is a reason for coming here. I’ve said to the manager – I don’t want to come here and just play good football and not win things. I want to come here and win trophies, and I think that’s what the fans are craving. They’re craving success and we need to build a team is able to give them that.”

The Wolverhampton-born defender claims the arrival of Gerrard was a major factor in his decision to join Rangers, and believes he will instil a winning mentality at Ibrox that players will buy into, while revealing he is also keen to become a leader on that front.

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“He [Gerrard] wants to bring a winning mentality to the football club, and I am all for that. I have been lucky to have been in winning teams, being promoted a couple of times, and that is what I want to do here.”

Gerrard is coming into an extremely demanding job and will need to have the courage to well and truly shake things up at the club, because bitter rivals Celtic are showing no signs of faltering in recent times – having won the unprecedented ‘double-treble’ this term.

The Hoops have dominated everyone in the Scottish Premiership since Gerrard’s former boss Brendan Rodgers took over at Parkhead two-years back, and if Rangers can secure silverware in their first season under new management it would indicate a very successful year, and the club could build on it in the near future.

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After explosive U-23 form can Viktor Gyokeres have a breakout Brighton season?

Brighton signed the Swede in January and he has looked worth the investment.

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It was a deal that probably slipped by many a Brighton and Hove Albion fan, but in September last year, the Seagulls agreed on a deal to sign Swedish talent Viktor Gyokeres.

One reason why it might have slipped Brighton fans by is that he did not join the club immediately. The young forward stayed with Brommapojkarna until the end of the Swedish second division season. At the time of the deal going through he had already scored 10 goals for the club. He ended the campaign with 13 league goals, helping his side win promotion back to the Swedish top-flight.

In January he finally arrived at Brighton and, judging by his form for the under-23 side, the Seagulls have an absolute talent on their hands.

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Gyokeres ended up playing nine times for Brighton’s youngsters, scoring an impressive seven goals. It included a run of six goals in five games and the question must now be asked, could he be ready for the first-team?

Of course, it would be a massive gamble of Chris Hughton’s to throw Gyokeres into the Premier League starting XI from August.

But the Swede definitely deserves a chance to impress during pre-season. If he can do that, then seeing him in action during one of the cup competitions next season should feel like a foreign concept.

He is certainly a name for Brighton fans to remember. Because, next season, he might be their surprise package.

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Rangers should play the waiting game to seal Connor Goldson deal

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The calendar hasn’t even turned over from May to June and already Rangers’ transfer business is beginning to look like a saga as reports indicate that the Ibrox club could make a third improved bid for Brighton & Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson.

According to the Daily Record, a third bid will be made this week to add incentives and other add-ons to the £2 million fee which was rejected by the Seagulls on Friday.

It’s undeniable that Goldson must be one of the first names on Steven Gerrard’s shortlist of players to add to his squad before he arrives in Glasgow and Rangers are clearly intent on getting their man, but patience could prove fruitful in this case.

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To date, Rangers are the only club to be seriously linked with the former Shrewsbury Town man and his future at the American Express Community Stadium is on the edge. Having this week signed defender Leon Balogun from Mainz as cover for Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, Goldson could expect even less game time than the eight appearances he got in 2017/18.

With the Gers pushing so hard, you would expect that they know that the player is keen on the move too and there are still three months remaining in the transfer window for which the club can wait and negotiate.

A statement signing is important to go alongside the appointment of Gerrard and keep him happy right from the off, but those in charge of negotiations should be cautious not to rush into a deal which costs them more than it needs to when that money could be spent elsewhere.

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