Brighton to loan Viktor Gyokeres, Max Sanders and Alex Cochrane to EFL teams
Which clubs are interested?
Swansea is attracting interest from championship clubs in Gyokeres. They have been stalking him for some time and would be very eager to land him.
Sanders, who spent last season on loan at AFC Wimbledon in League One, is also attracting championship interest after impressing Preston in the Carabao Cup second round.
League One Portsmouth have kept an eye on Cochrane, but Brighton would also ideally like to loan the 20-year-old to a Championship club. They predict that interest in him will increase towards the end of the window, due to a general shortage of left-backs in the market.
Have they featured this season?
Sweden international striker Gyokeres, 22, led the front line throughout Brighton’s run to the Carabao Cup, which ended in a 3-0 home loss on Wednesday night to Manchester United in the fourth round .
Midfielder Sanders has also appeared in all three of the Carabao Cup matches.
England’s Under-20 left-back Cochrane came on in the 2-0 victory at Preston.
Why is Brighton lending them now?
The imminent £ 3million arrival of 21-year-old all-round striker Andi Zeqiri from Swiss club Lausanne allows Gyokeres to continue his development in the second division in England, having spent last season on loan at St Pauli in Bundesliga 2.
Sanders is unlikely to get much playing time in the Premier League. Yves Bisouma, Steven Alzate, Davy Propper and Jayson Molumby all lead him in the pecking order of central midfielder.
The way for Cochrane’s first team is currently blocked by Solly March, Dan Burn and Bernardo.
How does Brighton see its development?
The model of progression through the ranks is Ben White. Once it became clear that White needed more of a challenge than Under-23 football, he was loaned several consecutive seasons to Newport (League Two), Peterborough (League One) and Leeds (Championship).
Since returning to Brighton this season, the 22-year-old has started all three Premier League games.
If Gyokeres, Sanders and Cochrane turn out not to be good enough for the Premier League, then they can be sold for a healthy profit.
What other business will the club be doing during this window?
March’s reinvention as an effective left-back changed Brighton’s original thinking in wanting to sign a left-back.
There is no urgency to add to the squad before the Monday night World Window deadline, other than the capture of Zeqiri.
Head coach Graham Potter is happy with his attacking options as it stands. However, you can never say never.
That could change if, for example, Neal Maupay or Aaron Connolly got injured at Everton on Saturday.
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