Championship outfit Hull City are in talks with Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion to take youngster James Furlong on loan for the rest of the season, Hull Live have revealed.
Furlong will be one of numerous Brighton players to have signed new contracts before leaving on loan, joining the likes of Marc Leonard who left for Northampton Town and Jeremy Sarmiento who joined West Bromwich Albion.
The Dublin-born fullback moved on loan to Scottish Premiership club Motherwell for the second half of last season and put pen to paper on a new two-year deal upon return to the AMEX Stadium this summer.
According to Hull Live, the 21-year-old will move to the MKM Stadium for the remainder of the campaign and a deal will be completed before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline.
The Tigers brought Sporting Clube de Portugal fullback Ruben Vinagre in on loan earlier in the transfer window but the Portuguese defender is currently sidelined through injury, forcing head coach Liam Rosenior to use centre-back Jacob Greaves as cover for the ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers man.
Hull City brought former Brighton defender George Cox in on trial during pre-season but opted against signing the left-back in the end, as per Hull Live.
It seems likely that Furlong has been brought in to add much-needed depth on the left side of the defence in Vinagre’s absence and the Irishman could see himself in the first-team sooner than anticipated.
Furlong is an excellent fullback and one that will offer serious competition to Ruben Vinagre when the Portuguese returns from his injury spell.
The move is ideal for the Irishman and one that will either cause him to sink or swim given the gulf in quality in the Championship compared to in the Scottish Premiership or even at U21 level.