The Seagulls are struggling in front of goal and until a solution is found, the former Tottenham and Republic of Ireland defender is determined to strengthen his backline. Impressive during Bristol City’s recent run to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, Aden Flint was Hughton’s target but the £6m bid lodged with the Ashton Gate club fell well short of the Robins valuation of the towering centre back.
The former Swindon Town centre-back is also catching the eye of West Brom manager Alan Pardew but none are tempting the Championship hopefuls into selling yet.
The 28-year-old is under contract until 2020 and City are in no rush to capitalise on their prized asset. He scored his seventh goal of the season in the 3 – 2 defeat at the hands of Manchester City earlier this week.
Flint is aware that his form and that of the team who currently sit 5th in the Championship table is attracting the attention of bigger clubs.
He told the Post last month that he’s not thinking about moving to other clubs as there is a genuine belief in Lee Johnson’s squad that they can reach the Premier League under their own steam.