Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart targeted by Brighton manager Chris Hughton

Chris Bascombe
Kevin Stewart, the Liverpool midfielder, is understood to have been made a summer transfer target by Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton - Copyright (c) 2016 Rex Features. No use without permission.

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart could become one of the first summer signings of Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chris Hughton, the Brighton manager, is interested in the 23-year-old but the Merseyside club has put a value of £10 million on the player.

Several championship sides have expressed an interest in Stewart, who has featured regularly under Jürgen Klopp and recently signed a new deal at Anfield.

Although he is currently injured, Klopp is in no particular rush to sell the player unless a significant offer is table, or if Stewart himself seeks a new challenge where he can be assured a more regular starting place.

Klopp will want a significantly larger squad next season given Liverpool’s European demands – they will expect to at least be in the Europa League should they drop out of the top four – but more competition in midfield is a priority.

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Liverpool feel their valuation is reflective of Stewart’s status over the last few seasons, particularly as they managed to raise £15 million from the sale of Jordon Ibe a year ago.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are expecting Adam Lallana to make his much-anticipated return against Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday, as Klopp revealed earlier this week.

Adam Lallana is expected to make his return from injury against Watford on Monday Credit: GETTY IMAGES

"Maybe Adam Lallana is coming back for the next game, which of course would help us in different situations and that's good," the Liverpool manager said.

Lallana has not played since being injured for England in the recent World Cup qualifiers. Lallana hurt his thigh muscle and has not played for his club since the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on March 19.

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