Forget Moussa Dembele: Here Are 2 Realistic Alternatives Brighton Could Sign
Despite claiming he is 100% focused on Celtic, striker Moussa Dembele has refused to rule out a move away from the club in January, with Brighton and Hove Albion seemingly the club with most interest in his signature.
The 21-year-old striker has been linked with clubs as big as Tottenham, Chelsea and Man United in the past year or so and it seems they have all been keeping an eye on the former Fulham man.
Dembele scored 32 times in his first season at Celtic but injuries have meant that he has had a more in and out season with Leigh Griffiths taking the bulk of the goal scoring responsibilities. Dembele has admitted publicly that he would be prepared to leave if a good enough formal bid were to arrive.
January was frankly mental last year when reports surfaced on the deadline day that Chelsea were prepared to pay around £40million for Dembele. However, Celtic kept hold of their main man.
Whether or not Celtic wish to cash in on Dembele remains to be seen, but if they are prepared to let him go, it could well be to one of the bigger clubs who decide to take a chance on the young Frenchman. If that’s to be the case, Brighton will need to address other striking targets, two of which are noted here:
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United)
Despite the fan base’s love for Mitro, the adulation is not shared by Rafa Benitez and for what it’s worth, I can see why.
Mitrovic flatters to deceive and has the same airhead tendencies Jonjo Shelvey seems to suffer from and so it would be no big deal for Newcastle to now let him go.
Despite having been brought on to the field in some games, such as during the fight back at West Bromwich Albion, Mitro still struggles for game time and against Everton in midweek, he was missing from the squad again with the likes of Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Ayoze Perez preferred.
Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday)
Hooper would no doubt love another crack at the top division in England and finds himself in good form for the Owls, having scored 11 goals in 22 appearances this season.
He has competition at Hillsborough in the shape of Fernando Forestieri, Steven Fletcher and Jordan Rhodes, and would ironically have an even more secure place in the Brighton line-up were he to move there next month.