REPORT: West Bromwich Albion in Talks With Brighton & Hove Albion Regarding Goalkeeper David Button

David Button

West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Brighton & Hove Albion regarding goalkeeper David Button, according to John Percy of the Daily Telegraph.

The goalkeeper is expected to cost West Brom £1 million and provide competition for current number one Sam Johnstone.

Percy also reports West Brom have agreed on fees with Championship sides Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday to sell winger Jonathan Leko.

West Bromwich Albion Interested in Signing David Button

Competition For Sam Johnstone

Slaven Bilic is stepping up his search for a new goalkeeper. Ali Al-Habsi departed earlier this summer, leaving Albion with just Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond.

Button is a vastly experienced goalkeeper, playing for the likes of Fulham and Brighton. He has been very much Brighton’s deputy keeper, with Mathew Ryan firmly the Seagulls’ number one.

A move to West Brom would see him provide competition for Johnstone. Button will also feel he could push to become West Brom’s number one. Graham Potter has mainly used Button in the cup competitions, and the increased competition in terms of Christian Walton returning from his loan at Blackburn Rovers may push Button further down.

A move to West Brom suits all parties. He would become West Brom’s second summer signing after confirming the permanent signing of playmaker Matheus Periera.

David Button: A Deal Which Works All Round

With West Brom gearing up for the new Premier League season, the Baggies need to make shrewd signings. David Button fits that mould of player.

The goalkeeper brings plenty of experience and will certainly give Bilic selection issues should he make a good impression. A move at this stage of his career wouldn’t be a bad thing. Brighton have several good goalkeepers on their books, including the returning Christian Walton and Jason Steele.

A move to West Brom certainly suits all parties, with Brighton looking to offload and West Brom after a new keeper.

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