Five goalkeepers Brighton could sign after shock departure of Stockdale
1. John Ruddy – The former Norwich keeper is currently a free agent after being released by the Canaries at the end of the season. The Englishman spent seven years at Carrow Road and earned an England cap in 2012 following impressive performances in the Premier League. His stock may have fallen slightly but at 30 years of age Ruddy could still have plenty to offer should Brighton choose to recruit him. 3. David Marshall – Brought in by Hull City last summer for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £5million the Scottish international failed to deliver and was eventually supplanted as number one by Eldin Jakupovic. However, the Scotland international has proved his worth before particularly with his impressive performances for Cardiff City during their one-season stay in the Premier League. Should Marshall move to Brighton it could be the catalyst for him to recover that superb form. David Stockdale opted to leave Brighton – click the arrow above, right, to see who could replace him 2. Karl Darlow – While the 26-year-old was first choice at Newcastle United for much of their promotion-winning campaign the former Nottingham Forest man faces an uncertain summer. With Tim Krul returning to Newcastle, and rumours circulating that Rafa Benitez is looking to recruit Pepe Reina, Darlow could face a spell on the bench. The shot stopper is keen to prove himself in the Premier League and will not fancy becoming a benchwarmer so a move to Brighton could be an option. In a surprise summer transfer deal Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale rejected a new contract with Chris Hughton’s side to become Harry Redknapp’s first signing at Birmingham City.The former Fulham keeper had been first choice, since signing for the Seagulls in 2014, and was key in the club’s promotion campaign last season.However, he has now opted against following Brighton into the Premier League and his decision means there is a number one goalkeeper vacancy within Hughton’s squad.So who could the club sign to be their new stopper?Scroll through the gallery above to check out the five candidates we think might be under consideration. 6 6 5. Joe Hart – Could Brighton be the way out of Manchester City that Joe Hart needs? It may have seemed mad in the recent past but options are closing fast for the 30-year-old who spent last season on loan at Torino. Everton looked to be the prime destination but they have agreed a £30million deal with Sunderland for Jordan Pickford. West Ham could still be a valid destination for Hart but Brighton may emerge as another option. After all who would have predicted Jack Wilshere at Bournemouth a couple of seasons ago? 6 6 6 6 4. Mathew Ryan – The Australian goalkeeper looks to be the most likely candidate for Brighton as the club are believed to have held talks over signing the Valencia man. The 25-year-old first caught the eye during his impressive spell in Belgium with Club Brugge. He earned a move to Valencia in 2015, but had to play second-fiddle to Brazilian Diego Alves, and subsequently spent the second half of last season on loan at Genk.