Socceroos keeper set for EPL newcomers Brighton: reports
SOCCEROOS goalkeeper Mathew Ryan is on the verge of signing for English Premier League new boys Brighton and Hove Albion, according to UK reports.
Ryan, in Adelaide for the Socceroos game against Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, is fresh off finishing a loan stint with Belgian club Racing Genk from parent club Valencia.
Now, The Daily Mail is reporting Brighton want to make the Aussie its new number one goalkeeper for its first season in the Premier League.
Manager Chris Hughton is looking to bolster his squad following automatic promotion from the Championship and The Mail reports the club has entered talks with Valencia over the availability of the 25-year-old former Central Coast Mariners shot-stopper.
Ryan made a total of 22 appearances for Genk on loan for Valencia, having struggled for game time at the Spanish club amid a host of managerial changes.
Local Brighton newspaper The Argus is going one step further, reporting the Seagulls are "closing in on the capture of Ryan", who will be signed in a bid to replace current No.1 David Stockdale.
The Croydon Advertiser reports Stockdale is set to join Crystal Palace having turned down a new contract, with Ryan set to come in and compete with Finnish understudy Niki Maenpaa for game time.
It would serve as a real boost for the Socceroo, who has four years remaining on his contract with Valencia as competition for places in the national team heats up.
Fellow goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak recently guided German club Stuttgart back into the Bundesliga and his form was rewarded with a start against Iraq, at the expense of Ryan.