BHAFC: Mathew Ryan signs as Albion begin to show they mean business in the transfer window.

The Australian goalkeeper has put pen to paper on a five-year deal. 

Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the signing of Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Valencia for a club-record fee.

The 25-year old has signed a five-year deal with the Seagulls, and will join up with his new teammates after the Confederations Cup.

Ryan, who has been capped 32 times by his country, impressed whilst on loan at Genk last season.

There is no doubt he will add much-needed experience to the dressing room. The goalkeeper has a lot of top-flight football under his belt, having played in the Australian, Belgian and Spanish first division. He has also played in European competition.

Ryan’s CV reads many individual and team accolades, which include a Belgian Cup, Belgian Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year 2014 and 2015 and an AFC Asian Cup win with the Socceroos in 2015.

The Australian signed a six-year deal with Valencia two years ago, but failed to secure a spot in the team. He won’t have to worry about that at the Amex, as he will without doubt be the new Albion no.1- especially following David Stockdale’s exit earlier in the week.

The transfer fee hasn’t been published, although we have been told it is a club-record fee. Whispers on social media state the figure to be around the £5m mark, although with four years left on his contract that number strikes a bit too low for my liking.

Saying that, this could be the start of a positive summer for the Seagulls, ahead of their debut season in the Premier League.

One would hope that Brighton’s club-record fee will be broken again (maybe more than once) before the window closes. If the club want to secure a striker who will guarantee goals, or a centre back who will command the penalty area, surely they would cost more than £5m?

You’ve only got to look at other clubs in the league and how much money they are spending on transfers. Leicester City have spent almost £20m on Harry Maguire, whilst Everton splashed £57m yesterday on both Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen!

It’s hard to tell until we see Ryan in the Premier League if we got him on the cheap, but if he is just as good as the former Sunderland stopper, a player who cost six times as much, then we can all have a little chuckle to ourselves.

But this shows Brighton’s intent. The club are willing to break their transfer record to bring in the players that they believe will help the team avoid relegation. Chris Hughton has signed two exciting players in Pascal Groß and Ryan, who could become Albion heroes should the club retain their Premier League status.

We should expect more signings in the coming weeks, and following the two deals the club have secured so far, I can’t wait to see who the next person to walk through the Amex doors will be.

BHAFC: Reports say Seagulls close to third summer signing.

Brighton and Hove Albion are set to sign a promising new right back, according to the Blackpool Gazette. 

20-year old Tyler Hornby-Forbes has reportedly rejected a new contract at current club Fleetwood Town and is close to sealing a move to the Amex.

The right back broke into the first team under Graham Alexander at the League One club, but has struggled for games in recent months, with Northern Ireland international Conor McLaughlin ahead of him in the pecking order at Highbury.

He has so far played 33 games for Fleetwood, scoring two goals.

Brighton have been searching for a replacement right back since the expiration of Inigo Calderons’ contract earlier in the summer. Although it seems an uninspiring move, signing a player from a lower division, it’s not one that surprises me.

Just look at how Connor Goldson rose to first choice centre half by the end of the last campaign. Yes, injuries played a part, but even when Gordon Greer returned to fitness, he couldn’t get past the ex-Shrewsbury man in the starting XI.

I’d even go as far as saying he was ahead of Lewis Dunk in my opinion by the time April came round.

We have already signed another young centre back in Ben Hall from Motherwell during the close season. He could well be another player who in the coming months and years, could rise to become another star at our disposal.

So don’t rule this guy out just yet. He may make initial mistakes, playing at a higher level than he is accustom to, but let’s not forget he will be cover for Bruno. It relieves some of the pressure off Liam Rosenior, who is currently our only alternative wing back behind Gaetan Bong and Bruno.

Obviously no official word has come from Brighton, so let’s wait and see if the dotted line is signed before moving any further into this debate.