Transfer news: Brighton chairman says new recruits are being sought
Last Updated: 06/08/14 2:55pm
Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom is confident Sami Hyypia's squad will be strengthened before the summer window closes.
Just four fresh faces have been welcomed to the Amex Stadium so far, in the shape of Nzuzi Toko, David Stockdale, Aaron Hughes and Chris O’Grady.
They have helped to bolster the ranks from back to front, but key men such as Leonardo Ulloa and Matthew Upson have also departed.
Further recruitment will be required if Brighton are to push for a third successive top-six finish in the Sky Bet Championship, and Bloom says he and the club’s management team are doing all they can to ensure that the right additions are made before September 1.
Right now we are a few players light but that will be rectified at the right time. It’s not that easy to get in the players we want but I’m very confident that by the end of August everyone will be happy with our squad.
He told a fans’ forum: “We have brought in some players and by the end of the transfer window, by the end of August, we’ll have brought in a few more.
“We’ve got our main targets. It’s been a bit frustrating, we’d have liked to have brought one or two more in before the start of the season but the transfer window is the end of August and the season starts three or four weeks before that, so in an ideal world the transfer window would finish and the season would start. It doesn’t work like that.
“We could have brought in three or four players by now. They wouldn’t be the main ones we want.
“It’s a 46-game season and from our perspective we want to make sure we get the best players in at the best possible price we can within our budget, so I’m very confident that by the end of August we will have a very good squad.
“Right now we are a few players light but that will be rectified at the right time. It’s not that easy to get in the players we want but I’m very confident that by the end of August everyone will be happy with our squad.”
Brighton boss Hyypia added on the pursuit of new recruits: “I don’t have a lot of experience on this side of the business. How you recruit players is quite a new thing for me and I’ve seen how difficult it is.
“Every manager wants the best possible squad to work with to get success. I’m an ambitious guy and I would like to have Messi and Ronaldo and those kind of players in the squad but that’s not always possible.
“We have our targets and sometimes it takes time to get the right players in. We don’t want to sign players that are average. I’d like to have targets that strengthen the squad.
“In an ideal world we would have the squad already in place before the first game of the season.
“In this league you can’t afford to give an advantage to the opposition, that your squad is not ready when others have their squad ready, but the situation is like the chairman said, we are working very hard to get the players in who we think will strengthen the squad.”