EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Brighton are preparing an approach for Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder as their move to recruit Swansea City boss Graham Potter drags on, Football Insider understands.
The Seagulls are keen to talk to two or three candidates about succeeding Chris Hughton at the Amex Stadium following his sacking just 24 hours after the final Premier League game of the season.
A Brighton source has told Football Insider that Wilder is understood to be among those targets and the club are ready to firm up their interest by making an official approach to Sheffield United in the next 48 hours after being frustrated in their attempts to land Potter.
Swansea rejected Brighton’s initial approach for Potter earlier this week as they look to keep hold of their manager and the south coast club could now be ready to switch their attentions to Wilder.
Wilder is regarded as one of the best managers in the country following his success in leading Sheffield United from League One to the Premier League in just three seasons.
The 51-year-old was named LMA manager of the year and Championship manager of the year earlier this week as reward for his exploits at Bramall Lane.
Wilder has admirers within the corridors of power at Brighton for the success he has achieved at Sheffield United with an attractive brand of football and a limited budget.
Sheffield United would be loathe to lose Wilder after finally winning promotion back to the Premier League and they would fight tooth and nail to keep him at Bramall Lane despite the ongoing ownership battle at the Yorkshire club.
In other Sheffield club news, it can be REVEALED the club are plotting a move to sign a Sunderland first teamer.