Brighton edged out Wigan
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brighton claim they beat Wigan to the punch by signing Colin Kazim-Richards.Brighton & Hove Albion claim they beat Premiership new boys Wigan Athletic to the punch by signing Colin Kazim-Richards.
The teenage striker signed a three-year contract at The Withdean Stadium earlier in the week after Brighton used the £250,000 Coca-Cola prize money to fund the deal.
Kazim-Richards rejected a new deal with Bury to join Brighton but, according to his new club, he also had other suitors.
The promising front man was being tracked by Wigan, along with Leicester City and Stoke City, prior to the latter-named Championship side sacking their manager Tony Pulis.
Seagulls chairman Dick Knight confirmed the interest in Kazim-Richards and feels it is a coup for Brighton to have landed the forward.
"Wigan, Leicester and Stoke were all interested in this kid," said Knight.
"Tony Pulis was definitely interested in him."