By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

24th Jul, 2022 | 10:00am

Brighton interested in Manchester United defender Brandon Williams - report

Brighton are interested in a permanent deal for 21-year-old Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams, according to the Mirror.

The defender spent last season on loan at Norwich and despite suffering relegation with the Canaries, did gain valuable Premier League experience.

With Brighton reported to be worried about the future of Marc Cucurella, the club are looking at potential replacements for the Spaniard and Williams is one of their targets.

The Mirror’s Steve Bates said: “Manchester United left back Brandon Williams is wanted by Brighton in a £15million deal.

“Brighton boss Graham Potter has identified the 21-year-old Old Trafford youngster as the ideal replacement for Marc Cucurella with Manchester City pressing to sign the Spanish defender.”

Good fit for Brighton?

This could be a good move for Williams, with he does not appear to be in his current club’s plans for the future.

The Red Devils have already secured the signing of Tyrell Malacia to compete with starting left-back Luke Shaw, and this does not leave much room for Williams to secure game time.

The versatile defender has impressively made 50 first-team appearances at the Old Trafford club, and has scored one goal while providing three assists in that time.

However, the youngster was never able to nail down a consistent run in the side, with competition and injuries becoming obstacles in his quest for a starting spot.

The Manchester United youth graduate, who can also be deployed at right-back, made 26 Premier League appearances for Norwich last season.

Admittedly, Williams is not of the quality of Cucurella, but at the age of 21 there is still huge room for the England youth international to grow and there are few better managers currently to facilitate this growth than Graham Potter.

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