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Brighton sign Australian keeper Ryan
Published on: Sunday, June 18, 2017

LONDON: Premier League new boys Brighton signed Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia for an undisclosed club record fee on Friday.

Ryan has agreed a five-year contract with Chris Hughton's side and will replace Brighton's previous number one David Stockdale, who joined Birmingham earlier this week.

The 25-year-old was chosen as the Belgian Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014 and 2015 while playing for Club Brugge.

He made his Australia debut in 2012 and played three times at the 2014 World Cup.

"I'm delighted that we've been able to attract Mathew to the club, and he will certainly be an excellent addition to the squad in time for our first season in the Premier League," Hughton said.

"For somebody of Mathew's age, he has very good experience, having played in the top divisions in Australia, Belgium and Spain.

"He has also competed in European competition and made a number of appearances at international level."

Brighton will be playing in the English top tier for the first time since 1983 after earning promotion as Championship runners-up.

Meanwhile Sunderland confirmed on Friday that they are in talks with several groups over the potential sale of the Championship club.

Black Cats owner Ellis Short has been keen to sell up for some time and it was recently reported the American is in advanced talks with a German consortium.

But Sunderland have revealed if the sale is not completed within a "defined time frame", Short will pull out of negotiations because the club's search for a new manager had been affected by the uncertainty over its ownership.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has turned down the chance to replace David Moyes, who quit following Sunderland's relegation from the Premier League last season.

"Since the end of the season, our focus has been to appoint a new manager," a Sunderland statement read.

"Recently, however, discussions have been entered into with parties who have expressed an interest in acquiring ownership of the club.

"With this backdrop, we have been unable to give the assurances any potential candidate would need regarding the plans a new owner could have for the manager's position.

"In talking to parties who have shown interest in acquiring the club, owner Ellis Short is determined to make sure that the best interests of Sunderland are at the heart of any decision regarding its future."-AFP

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