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Barnsley target Brighton & Hove Albion defender Adam El-Abd
Egypt international Adam El-Abd, one of Brighton’s most consistent players in recent seasons, has had talks with Reds boss David Flitcroft over a potential move to Championship rivals Barnsley – where former Egypt striker Mido made one appearance last season before cancelling his contract by mutual consent.
“We met with Adam and we’ve spoken to him about him signing for us,” Reds boss David Flitcroft told the Sheffield Telegraph.
“We’ve showed him what we’re trying to do at the club, and he’s a player I’ve liked for a long time.
“I played against him for Rochdale and he’s a player with good pedigree.
“There are changes at Brighton at the moment, so we’ll have to see whether a deal can be done.”
El-Abd, 28, was offered a new one-year deal at Brighton & Hove Albion in May, but the long-serving defender has yet to put pen to paper even though his current contract is set to expire this summer.
The Egyptian defender credits former Seagulls’ manager Gus Poyet – who was sacked last week while working as a pundit for BBC Sport – with improving him as a player.
Adam El-Abd’s exclusion from Egypt’s squad for the last two World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Mozambique could be a direct result of not playing regularly for Brighton during the final months of the season.
Barnsley released centre-backs Stephen Foster and Rob Edwards after the Reds barely survived relegation last season, which would certainly guarantee El-Abd regular playing time if he was to move to Oakwell next season.
El-Abd featured 34 times for Brighton last season and has amassed more than 300 appearances for Brighton since he signed his first professional contract for them in 2003, after being in the youth squad for nearly 10 years.