Search for striker intensifies after Hoskins breaks his foot

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Gus Poyet’s hunt for a new centre forward to spearhead his Championship campaign intensified last night when it was revealed Will Hoskins has broken a bone in his foot.

The 26-year-old is expected to be out for as long as six weeks, meaning Poyet is in desperate need for attacking reinforcements.

Former Bristol Rovers star Hoskins missed much of last season – his first at the Albion – through injury and was hoping of pushing for a starting slot after impressing in early pre season.

This latest blow leaves Poyet with just two experienced forwards in his squad. Craig Mackail-Smith has himself just returned to training from injury and last season’s top scorer Ashley Barnes has been trialled in an attacking midfield birth.

Apart from that pair, Norwegian prospect Torbjørn Agdestein has featured regularly during the club’s warm up games and could provide an alternative option if a new striker does not arrive in time for the start of the season.

In other news, the Albion enjoyed a friendly 3v0 win over Worthing last night, with goals from Adam El Abd, Kazenga Lua Lua and George Baker. Attention now turns to the match with Champions League winners Chelsea at The Amex on Saturday afternoon, for which there are still tickets available.

Brighton are still apparantly in the dark over the future of young defender Grant Hall who has not signed a new deal and appeared for Premier League Tottenham Hotspur in a recent friendly.