Brighton are eyeing a late January move for Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge, as the Seagulls look to replace Moises Caicedo.

Caicedo is the subject of a massive bid from Arsenal. The Gunners are expected to keep pushing for Caicedo before the deadline, despite Brighton being keen to keep hold of their star midfielder.

And according to Alan Nixon, Brighton are now eyeing up Sheffield United star Berge as a potential replacement.

Berge was left out of the Blades squad that drew 3-3 with Wrexham in the FA Cup today. Paul Heckingbottom admitted after the game his omission was at the club’s request. The board are believed to be in discussions over selling Berge, with a number of clubs keen.

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Reports earlier in the day had suggested Fulham were the team closest to doing any sort of deal for Berge. But Nixon claims Brighton are also in the mix as well. As we know, Liverpool and Chelsea have also been continually mentioned.

The Blades paid £22m for Berge while Chris Wilder was in charge. Currently under a transfer embargo, the sale of Berge could allow the Blades to get out of it before the window shuts on Tuesday.

Sheffield United News View: Heckingbottom sounded resigned to losing Berge

Once again, the Blades boss dealt with the media questions with dignity. He is being constantly asked to answer big questions on matters out of his hands a lot of the time.

With Berge, it does look like the club has made its mind up. A sale now seems inevitable and looks to be a case of simply getting the best fee possible.

Should United get around £20m, then that will pay off the money owed in the embargo fiasco and, hopefully, fund a few new arrivals. Time is ticking, though, and in an ideal world, Sander simply stays put.

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