With only two games remaining in the Championship, both Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United have booked their returns to England’s top flight (the latter much more familiar with the territory than the former), and now both sides will be looking to strengthen over the summer.
In light of this fact, Brighton is apparently interested in bringing in 23-year-old Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart. Stewart enjoyed a regular spot in the matchday squad last season (admittedly, usually on the bench), and at times looked capable of perhaps stepping up into a more prominent role this season.
However, any such illusions by the player would have been squashed this campaign, as Stewart found himself making just 4 league appearances for a paltry 18 minutes total. His combined five League and FA Cup appearances did not seem to do much to turn Klopp’s head. Indeed, Stewart hasn’t featured for the senior squad since Liverpool’s 1-0 win away to Plymouth on January 18th.
Although Liverpool will certainly need extra cover in midfield next season, particularly with Henderson’s on-going foot issue and the addition of European football, the club does not appear to be particularly keen on holding on to Stewart. The Telegraph reports that the Reds would be willing to part with the surplus player for £10 million, which is admittedly a steep asking price for such a bit player in the squad.
But hey, welcome to the Premier League, Brighton. Try not to balk too much at the outrageous prices.