Albion could face Premier League opposition for the signature of Stephen Ward.

The Argus understands both the Seagulls and their Championship rivals Middlesbrough want to sign the Wolves left-back, who shone on loan at the Amex this season.

He is also on the radar of Gus Poyet’s Sunderland and newly-promoted Burnley.

Albion have yet to appoint a new manager – with Real Madrid coach Paul Clement now favourite for the job – to replace Oscar Garcia, who resigned a fortnight ago.

But a move for Ward could be considered shrewd after his impressive campaign on loan.

The Republic of Ireland international still has a year left on his current deal at Molineux.

But manager Kenny Jackett has made it clear he does not feature in his plans for the Championship next season.

Wolves’ head of football development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell is keen to talk to the player’s agent this week.

Ward would command a six-figure fee but his representatives are keen to keep that figure as close to the £100,000 mark as possible.

Clement yesterday emerged as the latest bookies’ favourite for the Albion job after admitting he was keen to secure a manager’s position.

He made the comment when interviewed after Madrid’s win over Atletico in the final of the Champions League.