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Ipswich Town reportedly working on a deal to sign Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton on a permanent basis



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Ipswich Town are reportedly exploring the possibility of turning goalkeeper Christian Walton's loan stint at the club into a permanent move.

The former England youth international has impressed between the posts for the Tractor Boys since joining from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer on a season-long agreement.

However, the Seagulls inserted a recall option into the deal for this month and according to The Athletic, they are keen to obtain a fee for Walton's signature before the January transfer window closes, rather than lose him for free when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Christian Walton has impressed in goal for Ipswich this season. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Christian Walton has impressed in goal for Ipswich this season. Picture: Barry Goodwin

The report adds that Brighton could exercise that clause after Ipswich's League One trip to Gillingham on Saturday, with the likes of Championship outfit Nottingham Forest said to be keen on his services.

Nevertheless, the East Anglian Daily Times has indicated Ipswich have not given hope of convincing Walton to commit his long-term future to Portman Road.

The publication states that contact has been made between the two clubs regarding a potential transfer – and that Walton is enjoying life working under recently-appointed manager Kieran McKenna.

Meanwhile, one loan player leaving Ipswich early is Louie Barry, with the youngster having been recalled by parent club Aston Villa after struggling to break into the first team