By Sam Stone

26th Jun, 2022 | 12:00pm

Brighton goalkeeper Carl Rushworth short-listed by League One side Portsmouth - report

Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Carl Rushworth has been shortlisted by League One side Portsmouth over a potential transfer according to Alan Nixon.

The Sun journalist reported on Sunday 26 June via his Patreon page that Danny Cowley’s side are lining up the 20-year-old keeper along with West Brom keeper Josh Griffiths.

Rushworth featured 46 times for Walsall in League Two in the 2021/22 campaign.

Pompey move makes sense

A move to Pompey makes sense for the young shot stopper after enjoying his first football league loan at Walsall.

He would be able to remain near the Seagulls and also be assured that he will be given a good opportunity at Pompey in League One.

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Cowley was instrumental in developing Manchester City keeper Gavin Bazunu in the 2021/22 season, which has seen the 20-year-old go on to make a big money move to Pompey’s bitter rivals Southampton.

Graham Potter should have no hesitation in sending the youngster to Fratton Park.

At present, it is unlikely that he will break into Brighton’s first team so Potter cannot risk keeping hold of the keeper and potentially stunting his development due to a lack of game time.

For goalkeepers, it is essential that they are exposed to first-team football and not kept in the under-23 system for too long.

Playing in a highly pressurised environment in front of a full stadium is what youngsters need to be experiencing, not the sanitised world of youth football.

In other Brighton news, one Seagulls star has switched international allegiance.