Everton, Newcastle and Leeds battling for £15m-rated Brighton midfielder

Date published: Friday 31st July 2020 2:19

Solly March, Davy Propper Brighton TEAMtalk

Everton, Newcastle and Leeds United are all hoping to sign Brighton midfielder Solly March ahead of next season, according to reports. 

Having been a Seagulls regular in previous years, March saw his game time significantly drop in 2019/20. The 26-year-old made just 19 Premier League appearances, with eight of those coming from the bench.

He featured in six of his side’s nine games after the season restart, but it is being suggested he could look to leave.

And according to a report on 90 mins (via Sports Lens), a number of top flight clubs hold an interest. They say that Everton, Newcastle and newly-promoted Leeds are hoping to sign him.

Everton are expected to make a number of changes to their squad ahead of Carlo Ancelotti’s first full year in charge. They have been linked with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Marc Roca, but are yet to finalise their first deal.


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Should March join, he would provide competition to Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Bernard in the Toffees’ wide areas.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are likely to be focusing on cheaper targets now their proposed takeover has collapsed. They had been linked with Philippe Coutinho and James Rodriguez, but will no longer be able to afford them.

March is a more feasible target, and would be another attacking option in a side that struggled for goals last term.

 

As for Leeds, they are also set to be busy in the transfer market as they prepare for their return to the Premier League.

A deal to bring Jack Harrison back for a third loan spell is almost complete. But it looks as though another player who can operate on the wing is on the wishlist.

With almost 100 Premier League appearances under his belt, March would add good experience to the Whites’ ranks.

Brighton to offer new deal

However, it appears the Seagulls are reluctant to let him go and will attempt to tie him down to a new contract.

Despite his lack of game time, Graham Potter sees him as a valuable member of the squad. Therefore, he wants to keep him at the AMEX Stadium and is confident he will put pen to paper on a new deal.

If he doesn’t, it is understood Brighton will look to move March on and will accept an offer of around £15million.

 

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