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Graham Potter to hold talks with Brighton after Swansea release clause met

Graham Potter joined Swansea at the beginning of the season from Swedish side Ostersund.
Image: Graham Potter joined Swansea at the beginning of the season from Swedish side Ostersund

Graham Potter will hold talks with Brighton over their vacant managerial position after the Seagulls agreed to pay the release clause in his Swansea contract, Sky Sports understand.

The 43-year-old was offered a new contract by the Swans in an attempt to ward off Brighton's interest, but has since told the Welsh side he's keen for a fresh challenge in the Premier League.

Brighton saw an initial approach to Swansea knocked back on Tuesday with Potter still having two years left on the deal he signed when he joined the club from Swedish side Ostersund last summer.

It is believed the contract includes a release clause of just under £2m with the 43-year-old now discussing personal terms with Brighton to succeed Chris Hughton, who was sacked on Monday.

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Brighton have been impressed with Potter's handling of a difficult situation at Swansea and their ongoing financial challenges following relegation from the Premier League.

Potter has brought much-needed stability to the club, securing a 10th-placed finish in the Championship and an FA Cup quarter-final appearance.

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And Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth, who left the FA to join the club, is thought to have been watching Potter's Swansea in recent months, impressed with the style of play he has implemented at the Liberty Stadium.

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