Nottingham Forest are in the race to sign Brighton prospect Ryan Longman this summer – and the Reds might have a trump card over their rivals.
Chris Hughton is a legendary figure at the AMEX Stadium. He was the man who led them to Premier League football for the very first time.
According to Football Insider, Forest are interested in a raid on Brighton. The 20-year-old is also wanted by other second-tier sides but they could be powerless up against Hughton.
Longman looks like an interesting player. He found the net nine times last season during a season-long loan at AFC Wimbledon.
His contract will expire in a year and the Seagulls could choose to cash in. That has alerted the Reds and several other sides.
Longman has one appearance to his name at Brighton. It does seem unlikely, however, that he has a future under Graeme Potter.
Last season was his first in men’s football. He had made one League Cup appearance for the Seagulls but he did well with Wimbledon.
At 20, Longman has bags of potential and perhaps fits the profile of a player Forest should be looking at this summer.
Longman to Forest: Hughton gives Reds the edge
Despite him no longer being in charge at Brighton, the club will wish him well in his future endeavours.
That is only natural and as a result, they might be willing to do a deal for Longman with Forest.
Of course, money will talk and if other clubs outbid Forest, the Seagulls will still fight to get the very best deal.
That does seem unlikely though, with Longman likely to be within the budget the Reds will have to play with this summer.
Hughton did plenty of good during his time at Brighton and perhaps now they can do their ex-boss a favour and send Longman to the City Ground.