The Seagulls tried to lure relegation rivals Newcastle United into a deal to take Aleksandar Mitrovic from St James Park. The Magpies want £15m for the Serbia international and Brighton’s offer of £8m fell well short of that requirement.
Rafa Benitez is reluctant to sell to a team involved in the dogfight at the bottom of the Premier League table yet needs the funds to strengthen his own squad.
Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen, 27, is a target for the Spaniard and his arrival may be the lever to free the 23-year-old Mitrovic from his Toon hell.
The two clubs are locked on 23 points at the foot of the table and are finding the season frustrating in front of goal. Mitrovic has not been the solution to Newcastle’s travails, with one goal in his six substitute appearances so far this campaign.
Mitrovic made it clear last month that he wanted to leave St James Park when speaking to the Serbian media. He told Zurnal, “’I’m sorry, after all, I loved Newcastle but it’s time for me to look more myself, to find the best solution for my career.”
It remains to be seen whether Brighton will return for a second attempt at signing the striker.