Brighton have told axed goalkeeper Mathew Ryan he is free to find a new club in January after being axed from their starting XI, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site broke the news on Wednesday afternoon that Ryan, 28, had been axed from the Seagulls team for their Premier League clash against Fulham that evening.

The long-established Brighton number one was replaced in the team by Robert Sanchez, who kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw.

Intriguingly, Ryan did not even make the matchday squad, with Jason Steele on the bench for the Craven Cottage fixture.

A Brighton source has told Football Insider that Ryan’s removal from the team could now be a permanent one.

He has been told that he does not figure in Graham Potter’s plans and the club will listen to permanent offers for him in the January window.

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Ryan has 18 months remaining on his Brighton contract and is valued by the club at the £7-10million mark.

The 58-times Australia international has a wealth of Premier League experience accumulated during his three-and-a-half years in England.

He has been the number one at Brighton since signing from Valencia in 2017 for £5.4m.

The experienced campaigner has made 123 appearances for Brighton in all competitions, conceding 185 goals and keeping 27 clean sheets.

Ryan has also had spells at Club Brugge and Genk in Belgium as well as Valencia and Central Coast Mariners in his native Australia.

In other news, Brighton are battling Southampton to sign ‘the next Ollie Watkins’ in January.