Fleetwood full-back set for Brighton

Tyler Forbes
Tyler Forbes

Fleetwood are set for a financial boost as defender Tyler Forbes closes in on a move to Brighton.

The Gazette understands the Championship club have agreed terms with the 20-year-old right-back after he turned down the offer of a new contract at Highbury.

Forbes, who joined Town two years ago after being released by Preston, was handed his debut in November 2014 by Graham Alexander.

He found regular first- team action hard to come by last season due to the form of Conor McLaughlin, who has recently returned from Euro 2016 with Northern Ireland.

And Forbes’ agent Kevin Sharp revealed he was the subject of interest from around the Championship this summer.

Sharp told The Gazette: “Tyler is a very decent prospect, who has attracted quite a lot of attention.

“He was offered a deal by Fleetwood but it looks like his future could be elsewhere.”

It’s believed the south coast Seagulls are close to agreeing what has been described as a substantial fee for the right-back, after talks between the two clubs last weekend.

Although Forbes is out of contract at Highbury, Fleetwood are entitled to compensation because of his age and a deal between the clubs would avoid a possible tribunal to determine the fee.

Fleetwood’s squad continue preparations for the new season today ahead of their opening friendly against Premier League giants Liverpool next Wednesday.