Gus Poyet last night admitted he is planning for life in the Championship without Glenn Murray.

But the Albion boss was still awaiting confirmation his out-of-contract top scorer is leaving the club.

Murray, whose 22 League One goals helped the Seagulls to the title last season, is expected to kick off the new campaign with Crystal Palace.

Poyet had admitted he wants ed a decision from the striker and that Albion are being priced out of the race for his services.

He said: “I’m waiting for the call. The problem is I’m away in Uruguay but I’m ready for life without him.

“We will sign someone but not a replacement. It will be somebody who is different.”

Albion are expected to renew their interest in Bristol Rovers frontman Will Hoskins for a fee likely to be about £500,000 plus add-ons.

Sources in the South West believe Poyet is in pole position to land the 25-year-old who scored 20 goals for relegated Rovers last term.

The Seagulls are understood to have had a bid for Watford youngster Will Buckley turned down.

Buckley, 21, started his career at Murray’s old club Rochdale and has been used by the Hornets in a wide role but prefers to play as a central striker.

Poyet has made no secret of his need to sign at least two strikers to join 20-goal Ashley Barnes in his squad.