Wolverhampton Wanderers are monitoring Brighton and Hove Albion defender Adam Webster as Bruno Lage looks to add some defensive quality to his squad.
That’s according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs in a piece for Football Transfers, as he stated that Wolves are monitoring the Seagulls centre-back ahead of a potential move before the transfer window closes next week.
Fellow Premier League side Chelsea are also keen on the 27-year-old as Lage faces strong competition for his signature.
Brighton are adamant they won’t be selling Webster, according to Jacobs, so a deal could be difficult to pull off for prospective suitors.
Wolves’ league campaign has begun with something of a whimper, losing two matches and drawing one, while only scoring one goal in the process.
Their goalscoring woes have been evident for a while, with the Old Gold only scoring 38 Premier League goals last season, the fourth-lowest in the division. Conceding just 43 goals was crucial in Lage’s team securing a top-half finish, but they have allowed Conor Coady to join Everton on loan for the campaign, depriving them of valuable top-flight experience in the heart of the defence.
Webster could be the perfect heir to the former Wolves captain, playing 22 times for Brighton last season as they finished in ninth place, one ahead of the Old Gold. He won 2.5 aerial duels per match last term, ranking him joint-third in Graham Potter’s squad.
Averaging 61.6 touches per game, Webster is clearly confident on the ball, and with an 89% pass accuracy in his own half, he is adept at starting attacks from deep and allowing his team to keep control of possession.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher also praised the 27-year-old’s passing following a match between Brighton and Chelsea in January, tweeting: “Adam Webster’s passing out from the back, with both feet is better than any other English central defender.”
Winning an incredible 70% of his duels also shows just how strong Webster is one-to-one against an opposition player, and this could be crucial for Lage and his team.
Zach Lowy described the defender as “fantastic”, and if he keeps up these impressive performances, believes that an England call-up is imminent for the Seagulls colossus.
Lage should be aiming to complete a deal for the £38k-p/w defender as soon as possible, as it could give the Molineux faithful a big boost and a worthy heir to Coady amid a poor start to the campaign.