By Wayne Veysey

2nd Aug, 2021 | 9:27am

Sources: Webster agrees new Brighton contract and major pay hike

Adam Webster has agreed the terms of a new Brighton contract, Football Insider understands.

The Seagulls are rewarding the centre-back for his growing influence on the team following the departure of Ben White to Arsenal.

A Brighton source has told Football Insider that Webster has agreed a new five-year deal that includes a significant pay hike.

Webster, 26, signed a four-year deal when he joined from Bristol City in a club-record £20million transfer in 2019.

He is the Seagulls’ record signing and has formed the bedrock of Graham Potter’s defence alongside White and Lewis Dunk in the last two seasons.

Webster, who can play at both centre-back and right-back, featured 29 times for Brighton in the league last term.

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He has 60 top-flight appearances to his name in total along with 162 in the Football League.

The Chichester-born defender began his career with Portsmouth and spent five seasons there after graduating from the academy in 2012.

He joined Ipswich Town in 2016 in a deal that saw his now-Brighton teammate Matt Clarke move in the opposite direction.

Webster spent two seasons with the Tractor Boys before signing for fellow Championship side Bristol City in the summer of 2018.

He won the club’s Player of the Year award in his only season at Ashton Gate before completing his move to Brighton.

He was part of Potter’s side which finished 15th in 2019-20 and 16th the following campaign.

Competition for centre-back places could be heightened at the Amex next term following Shane Duffy’s return from his loan spell at Celtic.

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