Report: Hughton looking to strengthen midfield with a move for Paddy McNair

Brighton & Hove Albion are looking to continue their excellent early business with a move for Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair.

According to Sky Sports, the Seagulls have already had a bid of £2m for McNair, however, the club is expected to follow up with another bid for the former Manchester United youngster.

McNair has experience in the top-flight having played under Louis Van Gaal for his boyhood club, he will bring competition to the Brighton midfield after the departure of veteran Steve Sidwell.


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Brighton boss Chris Hughton is reportedly looking to strengthen his midfield, which currently consists of the likes of Beram Kayal, Dale Stephens, and  Davy Pröpper.

Following a successful promotion campaign with FulhamOliver Norwood's return from his loan spell will provide Hughton with further options in midfield as he looks to cement the Albion's top-flight status for years to come.

McNair is young and has good experience with Sunderland in the EFL Championshiphaving made 18 appearances last season. For Manchester United, the Northern Irishman made 24 appearances as he broke through the ranks in the 2014/15 season.

Following the early signings of Leon Balogun and Florin Andone, McNair's signing will certainly give Hughton options in midfield and defense as well.

McNair is adept at playing at centre-half, at fullback, and as a deep holding midfielder as well. Such versatility will be useful for Hughton in those periods of the season when the games are coming thick and fast. 

Brighton have also been linked with another defender in Reading's Liam Moore, although no official bid has been submitted by the Seagulls. It has been an impressive summer for the Seagulls already with these early deals, Hughton's side look well set for another campaign of solidity in the Premier League.