Brighton close to finalising deal to appoint Hurzeler, 31, as new boss

Brighton are close to finalising a deal to appoint 31-year-old St Pauli boss Fabian Hurzeler as their new head coach, according to Sky in Germany.

There has been progress in discussions over a compensation fee for Hurzeler, who would become the youngest permanent manager in Premier League history.

Brighton are ready to offer Hurzeler a three-year-deal to succeed Roberto De Zerbi after the Seagulls secured a work permit for the German.

Hurzeler guided St Pauli to promotion to the Bundesliga after winning last season's Bundesliga 2 title.

Brighton have identified Hurzeler following their data-led analysis.