Brighton and Hove Albion officials hope expanding their stadium and building a new training facility will prepare the club for a push for the Premier League.

Today The Argus can exclusively reveal the designs for the club’s proposed £22 million training ground at Lancing bosses believe will turn out the next generation of Albion stars.

The state-of-the-art facilities – inspired by top clubs across the country – will lay the foundations for what chief executive Martin Perry described as “an assault on the Premier League”, alongside the expan- sion of American Express Community Stadium.

The club has sent plans to Brighton and Hove City Council for an extra 8,000 seats to be added at the Amex, as well as a new luxury suite, more corporate boxes and new television facilities.

Albion take on Southampton today desperate for a win to take the club back into the top half of the Championship and Mr Perry said the £36 million proposals marked an exciting time in its history.

And he called on fans to back the club’s proposals with the same enthusiasm as they backed the Seagulls’ long-running bid for a new ground.

Read the full story and the view the plans in The Argus today.