Barnsley: Reds in talks with Brighton defender

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Barnsley have expressed interest in signing Brighton and Hove Albion defender Adam El-Abd.

The Reds released centre-backs Stephen Foster and Rob Edwards at the end of last season, leaving them with fewer options in central defence.

But club stalwart Bobby Hassell signed a new one-year contract earlier this week, making it ten successive seasons at the club, and fellow defenders Jimmy McNulty and Tom Kennedy have also both signed new deals.

And The Star can exclusively reveal that the Championship club are hopeful centre-back Martin Cranie will soon put pen to paper on a new two-year contract.

The addition of El-Abd, one of Brighton’s most consistent performances in recent seasons, would add fweight to the belief that the Reds can make giant strides in the Championship after dicing with relegation last season.

“We met with Adam and we’ve spoken to him about him signing for us,” revealed Reds boss David Flitcroft.

“We’ve showed him what we’re trying to do at the club, and he’s a player I’ve liked for a long time.

“I played against him for Rochdale and he’s a player with good pedigree.

“There are changes at Brighton at the moment, so we’ll have to see whether a deal can be done.”

Since graduating from the club’s youth ranks in 2003, El-Abd has gone to play more than 300 times for Brighton.

Last season the Egyptian international played 34 times for the Seagulls and, having spent over a decade at the club, has established himself as a fans’ favourite at the Amex Stadium.

The 28-year-old is out of contract and is understood to have attracted interest from a number of clubs, including the Reds.

“If a centre-half or a striker on our radar becomes available, then that’s something we will look at,” added Flitcroft. “But I’m not in a rush to sign anybody.”