Fulham are hoping to strike a loan deal with Brighton and Hove Albion for their Northern Ireland international midfielder Oliver Norwood, according to a report in this morning’s Daily Mail.

The former Manchester United trainee has been a long-term Fulham target with the club having followed up their longstanding interest in the 26 year-old last season before he moved to the south coast from Reading. Norwood made 26 appearances for the Seagulls as Albion achieved promotion to the top flight last term and Fulham hope that they could capitalise on the fact that his first team opportunities could be limited as Chris Hughton continues to upgrade his squad in preparation for Premier League football.

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is keen to add to his own midfield options after the summer departures of Jozabed, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Lasse Vigen Christensen and has identified Norwood, who was part of the Northern Ireland side that reached the second round of the European Championships last summer, as a key target by virtue of his experience in helping Brighton get out of the Championship. It remains to be seen whether the player would be keen to drop down a division.