Seagulls run rule over young Plymouth Argyle keeper
HIGHLY-rated 17-year-old Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Christian Walton is training with Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion this week.
According to one report, Brighton want to take a look at Walton before deciding whether to make a move for him.
Argyle would be entitled to a transfer fee for the teenage shot-stopper as he is under contract to them as an apprentice.
However, the League Two club have not been drawn on the possibility of Walton moving to the Sussex club.
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All an Argyle spokesman would say was: "Christian Walton is spending time with Brighton and Hove Albion.
"The club feels that it is beneficial for its young players to gain an insight and understanding into the workings of different clubs at different levels of the football pyramid."
Walton has been watched by scouts from a host of Premier League and Championship sides this season.
He was linked with a move to Fulham in October, while Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers have taken a close interest in him.
Walton, who comes from Wadebridge in north Cornwall, signed centre of excellence forms for Argyle in September 2006, at the age of 10.
He has progressed through the youth ranks since then, starting a two-year apprenticeship with the Pilgrims last July.
Walton was part of Argyle's Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference title-winning squad last term.
His father, Tim, used to play minor counties cricket for Cornwall.
Argyle academy manager Kevin Hodges talked about Walton's potential in an interview with Herald Sport last October.
He said at the time: "I think he has proven the qualities he has got and, hopefully, he will be fortunate enough to play in our first team at some point. That's what I would like to see first.
"If he was to get some games for us and then move on to bigger and better things that would be absolutely fantastic."
Walton is in the same age group as three former Argyle centre of excellence players who are now on the books of Premier League clubs. Wales under-19 defender Lloyd Jones was sold to five-times European champions Liverpool, while Dan Barrow and Sam Gallagher moved to West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, respectively.