According to recent reports, Brighton and Hove Albion are looking to pen down Evan Ferguson to a new and improved deal as Manchester United transfer talks rage on.
The Irish international has been the talk of the town after an impressive start to life in the Premier League, scoring 7 goals and providing 3 assists in 20 appearances for the Seagulls.
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is looking at a possible long-term renewal which could potentially keep Ferguson at the Amex until 2028.
The 18-year-old recently scored in the win against Latvia to kick off his international exploits and is “hungry for more”.
A boyhood Manchester United fan, Ferguson would be intended to force his way out but with the Red Devils looking elsewhere as of now, this transfer is far from a conclusion.
Erik Ten Hag is prioritizing the signing of a centre-forward with Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund being the names discussed among senior figures at the club.
Among those, Man Utd are also looking to strengthen their midfield and defence options for the new season.
Manchester United could potentially turn towards Ferguson, should they be priced out of a move for Kane and Osimhen.
However, they aren’t alone with Newcastle, Chelsea and Tottenham also in the market for a top centre-forward.
Should Ferguson pen down an extension, he would be among a host of star players to have negotiated new deals at the Amex.
Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister and Solly March have already agreed to new deals with the Seagulls this season amidst interest from European juggernauts like Juventus, Liverpool and Chelsea.
How Good Is Evan Ferguson?
Despite being 6ft3, the Irish international has settled in pretty well in the Premier League.
At just 18 years of age, Ferguson has probably showcased some of the best linkup play imaginable for the Seagulls.
The role of a centre-forward has evolved over the years from being an elite poacher to now scoring goals whilst also adding flexibility and fluidity in the frontline.
With clever movements and good footwork, he’s just as good playing with his back to goal as he is upfront.
Despite being a tall centre-forward, the 18-year-old loves to drop deep and stretch defences pretty often.
There’s a reason why the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United were vying for his signature when he was featuring for Bohemians in the Irish Premier Division.
Often compared with the likes of former Manchester United and Liverpool forward Michael Owen and current Manchester City poacher Erling Haaland, the bar is already set up pretty high.