Report: Owls target Christian Walton could be set for January exit on the cheap
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Report: Owls target Christian Walton could be set for January exit on the cheap

According to Sussex Live, reported Sheffield Wednesday target Christian Walton could be among those to leave Brighton and Hove Albion during the January transfer window.

The 6ft 5inch goalkeeper is out of contract at the end of the season.

He has spent several spells away from Brighton on loan, impressing at Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers before returning to the Amex Stadium in the summer.

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Walton is a decent shot-stopper. But at Brighton, he is running out of time.

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Sussex Live claim he is behind Mat Ryan, Jason Steele and Robert Sanchez in the pecking order while his contract situation could press Brighton into making a decision.

The Seagulls would be wise to sell in January rather than lose him for nothing next summer.

According to Football Insider last month, Wednesday are keen on him taking him in January and they have been keeping tabs on his situation in recent weeks.

The Owls have three goalkeepers in Keiren Westwood, Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson.

But Westwood is 36, while Wildsmith’s contract expires in 2022. Dawson, with a contract until 2024, represents the firm long-term option but his form has been questionable.

Newly-appointed manager Tony Pulis has thrown his hat behind Westwood. But his age is an issue, while Wildsmith is getting the nod now during Westwood’s injury.

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Walton coming in could make sense. He would seemingly be a step up on Dawson and a long-term replacement for Westwood whose contract at Hillsborough expires in 2021.

Wednesday, however, must first see a new attacking wide player as their top priority.

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