Date: 25th January 2018 at 9:37pm
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton has stated that the club continue to work hard to strengthen the group this January window.

With Brighton already capturing Jurgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven for a club record £14.1million deal on a four and a half year contract, approaches for other targets this window continue to take their sweet time to get over the line.

Meeting with the media this week, Hughton told the Official Site that we contined to work hard behind the scenes and although he wasn’t going to talk ‘names’ when it came to targets, he remained reasonably confident that with a week in effect left in the window, things would start happening now.

Brighton have of course reportedly seen offers for Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bristol City’s Aden Flint turned down this week, but Sky hint both remain targets.

Mitrovic and another for Bristol City’s Aden Flight turned down, according to Sky sources, and Hughton says the club are doing their best to strengthen their squad.

‘Most business doesn’t tend to get done until that last week, and we are trying and we are pushing to make sure we have the best squad possible. What will happen, as always at this time, names are going to be mentioned. The difficulty that us managers have is that they are always other team’s players and we’re always respectful of that. Any business that we do or don’t do we will certainly give you that information on anything that is definite, but until then, they’re always other team’s players and we’re very respectful of that.’

Brighton have also been linked with a report to Charlton Athletic’s Ezri Konsa but as far as Hughton would go in answering was just admitting it was common knowledge we were after a centre half.

‘I think it’s common knowledge that we have been looking to bring in a central defender. If we don’t bring anybody in this window, then we’ll be as we are and of course at this moment we have a team that has stayed out of that bottom three and we’ll have to have intentions to continue that. I think what we have shown this season is really good periods and we’ve shown that we can get results. If I look at our standards of this season, we’re going through a difficult period, but that can happen at any stage. We certainly weren’t going to go through this season having everything our way and not having a difficult period, so that’s normal.’

With Middlesbrough up in the FA Cup this weekend, Hughton wanted a win to lift spirits, knowing we could take that into the Premier League campaign.

‘We know what a win means – whether it’s a league win or a cup win. We know the feeling that it gives to the group.’

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