Gus Poyet has revealed that Brighton are still working hard on making signings for the new season, with Vicente Rodriguez at the top of the Seagulls’ manager’s list.
While the transfer window has now closed, clubs can still sign players who aren’t currently contracted. And Rodriguez, who has been released by Valencia, is still unattached, leaving the winger available to a possible deal with the Albion.
Rodriquez has played for Spain 38 times, and the 30-year-old would be a great coup for Brighton as they add to their newly promoted npower Championship squad.
"We are in the last bits of an agreement with Vicente. I would say that 90 percent of the time, these deals get done,” Poyet told BBC Sussex.
"But he's out of contract, so we can do it at any time. I had a good chat with him and I know he was really in form last year, even if he didn't play.
"When you feel a player is desperate to come and perform and do well for us, it is a great opportunity for everyone to have him."
Brighton have already brought eight players on board this summer, including Peterborough hot property Craig Mackail-Smith and Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua.
But Poyet isn’t entirely satisfied with the new-look squad, with the Seagulls man admitting that he was unable to seal a deal with Billy Paynter.
He added: "We tried our best and we were very close. Unfortunately, it couldn't happen.
"We've got other options now. There are plenty of people who didn't move.
"We didn't have the chance to go to [targets] numbers two, three or four."