Sunderland are hoping to secure the Brighton and Hove Albion winger Will Buckley before the start of the Premier League campaign. they have submitted a bid of around £2.5m to the Championship club but face competition from West Bromwich Albion.

Buckley, who moved to Brighton from Watford for £1m three years ago and was managed by Gus Poyet, now at Sunderland, came off the bench as Albion lost their opening game of the season 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Brighton are willing to let the player leave but want nearer £3m, with West Brom’s interest likely to spark an auction for the 25-year-old.

The new Brighton manager, Sami Hyypia, hopes to return to his former club, Liverpool, to sign their young left-back Jack Robinson on loan. The 20-year-old spent last season at Blackpool, making 33 starts in the second tier, having previously enjoyed time at Wolverhampton Wanderers.