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Seagulls Losses Sure To Keep Poyet Hovering

If Gus Poyet wants to raid his former club for any more players, he has just received a bit of a boost.

Tom Dulat

If there are any more of his former players at Brighton that Gus Poyet fancies bringing to Sunderland, the summer looks like giving him his opportunity.

The south coast club have posted a loss of £14.7million for last season, a £6m increase on the previous season, and will face financial penalties under the Football League's Financial Fair Play regulations should that figure not drop drastically (to around £8m).

Brighton sold players in January, including Liam Bridcutt to us obviously, but they have warned they are still too reliant on the investments of their chairman and protecting the long-term financial health of the club needs to become a priority.

Chief executive, Paul Barber, said:

We simply cannot sit back and rely on Tony's [Bloom, Brighton's chairman] continued generosity alone.

The new rules do not allow this. It is still new territory for all clubs and there has been much talk at both Premier League and Championship level about what other clubs are doing and whether they will comply.

We remain absolutely committed to a long-term strategy for the club which ensures our future financial sustainability so, whilst it may not be a perfect system, we continue to agree with the principle of FFP.

Obviously, you fancy this news will have Gus Poyet rubbing his hands a little. Alongside Bridcutt, the Uruguayan was credited with a strong interest in winger WIll Buckley last month, and there will sure to be more of his former chargers featuring in his plans.

With a whole host of Sunderland players out of contract in the summer, it's a situation very much worth keeping your eye on.