By Wayne Veysey

7th Jul, 2021 | 11:05am

Sources: Hull City close to beating Barnsley to Longman signing after breakthrough

Hull City are close to beating Barnsley to the signing of Brighton forward Ryan Longman, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 20-year-old signed a new two-year contract at the Amex Stadium at the end of last week.

A Brighton source has told Football Insider that the club are negotiating a season-long loan for Longman amid extensive interest from Championship clubs.

Hull are in pole position to agree a deal following a breakthrough in talks with the Premier League club.

Brighton technical director Dan Ashworth told the club’s website last week that Longman was “likely” to spend the 2021-22 campaign out on loan.

Hull are keen to add the winger to their ranks as Grant McCann looks to build a squad capable of competing in the Championship next season.

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Longman can play across the front three and his versatility could be a big asset to the newly-promoted side.

The Englishman spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at AFC Wimbledon and mightily impressed in his 52 appearances across all competitions.

He finished the season with nine goals and five assists – only Joe Piggott was directly involved in more goals for The Dons.

A product of Brighton’s academy, Longman made his senior debut for the Seagulls in 2019 as a second-half substitute against Aston Villa in the EFL Cup.

It remains his only appearance for the club.

He would become Hull City’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Andy Cannon, George Moncur, Randell Williams and Nathan Baxter.

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