ALBION are being priced out of buying British for the Premier League.

Chief executive Paul Barber says the Seagulls have been forced to look abroad for better value as they target at least four more signings to complete their squad.

England under-20 international Izzy Brown has become the latest addition to the ranks, on loan from Chelsea for the season.

Albion’s three permanent signings so far have all been foreign – Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia, Austrian left-back Markus Suttner and his German former Ingolstadt team-mate and midfielder Pascal Gross.

Barber said: “The demands of players and agents and selling clubs are getting greater than ever, so it’s very difficult for us.

“We are the new kids on the block. We’ve still got to look for value and invariably that value is outside the UK at the moment, which is a shame.

“We would love to have a team full of British players, but the reality is we’ve got to cut our cloth accordingly and find quality and blend it with British players from different parts of the world – and we’ll continue to do that.”

Albion still want a centre-forward, central midfielder, right-back and another goalkeeper.

Boss Chris Hughton has to name a 25-man squad at the beginning of September, once the transfer window has shut.

He currently has 23 senior pros available for today’s friendly at Norwich, with Anthony Knockaert and Sam Baldock both injured.

The figure includes Rohan Ince, Kazenga LuaLua and Richie Towell, who are all earmarked for loan moves.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has warned the spending by Premier League clubs, totalling over £850 million this summer with more than a month still left of the transfer window, is unsustainable.

Barber said: “I share Daniel’s views that sooner or later there has to be some levelling out.

“It’s not sustainable to keep spending more money than you are bringing in.

“When that is and how long that takes is a much harder call, but certainly in our case we intend to try and remain sensible.

“We are in our first season in the Premier League. We know we’ve got to strengthen our squad where we can to compete, but at the same time we are also aware of the risks of over extending ourselves and putting the club and its future in a more difficult position, which is not something we are prepared to do.”

Barber, speaking to BT Sport, added: “Everyone assumes that when you are promoted and you suddenly receive a huge sum of money that you are in the Premier League bracket of being able to spend money.

“The reality is there are many mini-leagues within the Premier League and even the biggest clubs are finding it very tough to get deals done.”