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Ipswich Town goalkeeper Christian Walton reportedly recalled early by Brighton & Hove Albion

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Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly activated the recall clause in Christian Walton's season-long loan spell at Ipswich Town.

The former England youth goalkeeper has been one of the most impressive of the Tractor Boys' 19 summer signings so far this term.

However, speculation emerged last week that his Premier League parent club were weighing up the possibility of ending his stint at Portman Road early in a bid to raise some funds by selling the 26-year-old on a permanent basis.

Christian Walton has reportedly been recalled by Brighton & Hove Albion. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Christian Walton has reportedly been recalled by Brighton & Hove Albion. Picture: Barry Goodwin

And according to The Athletic, the Seagulls have now informed Ipswich of their decision to take Walton back to the American Express Community Stadium, where he will be the number three goalkeeper if a buyer cannot be found.

However, the East Anglian Daily Times have reported that Walton could still feature between the posts for Ipswich next weekend at Bolton Wanderers due to the recall notice including a seven-day grace period.

The publication also adds that Ipswich are working on potential transfer for Walton, who will be out of contract at Brighton at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, four of Walton's Ipswich team-mates – as well as manager Kieran McKenna – made it into the Sky Bet League One Team of the Week following Saturday's 4-0 victory at Gillingham.

Speaking before the Gillingham game, McKenna confirmed that he was keen to retain Walton's services beyond the end of the January transfer window.

He said: "I think that is something the club are working on," he said. "Obviously I am not involved with negotiations and discussions on the front line.

"Christian has been fantastic for the club. He has had a really good season; he is a really top goalkeeper and still got potential to improve. We feel like he can grow again and over the next few years bring his game to another level.

"He is a player that we really like, and he is a player that we would like to be here. The club are discussing with Brighton and Christian at the moment, and we hope that something can be done there."