will step up their search for a striker after being put to the sword by Fulham
's Tom Cairney.
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side slumped to defeat against Championship Fulham - who were inspired by their captain and talisman.
The Cottagers are looking to bounce straight back to the top flight this season and fought back from a goal down with two excellent second-half strikes.
And if they can hang on to Cairney and Serb striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in the window the London club's promotion prospects will receive a huge boost.
Brighton number Brentford's 28-goal forward Neal Maupay among their long list of targets - and goalscoring remains an issue.
Anthony Knockaert, close to a move to Fulham, was left out of their matchday squad.
The French winger led the Seagulls' promotion charge two years ago but has failed to show the same impact and nail down a regular place in two seasons in the top flight.
And Fulham's highly-rated teenager Ryan Sessegnon, still recovering from injury, was also absent with speculation he is set for a £25million move to Spurs.
But in front of almost 20 scouts including those from Manchester United, and Leicester - reported to be tracking the £40million rated Lewis Dunk - the centre-back was in Brighton's starting line-up.
Brighton finished last term with a five-month slump that saw them survive by the skin of their teeth and popular manager Chris Hughton controversially sacked.
FULHAM (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Steven Sessegnon (Fonte 81), Mawson, Le Marchand, Bryan (Francois 81); McDonald (Harris 55), Johansen (Odoi 81), Cairney (De La Torre 74); Kebano (Kamara 55), Mitrovic (Christie 81), Cavaleiro (Ayite 74).
Goals: Cairney (50, 59.)
Subs not used: Rodak, O'Riley.
BRIGHTON (4-2-3-1): Ryan (Steele 46th); Montoya (Davies 87), Duffy (Burn 60), Dunk, Bernardo (Suttner 74); Propper (Kayal 60), Stephens (Dreyer 85); Locadia (Trossard 46), Gross, March (Jahanbahksh 60); Murray (Andone 60).
Goals: Gross (25)
Subs not used: Keto, O'Hora.
Referee: Gavin Ward.
New Brighton boss Graham Potter, lured from Swansea, has arrived on the south coast with a growing reputation.
And Dutch forward Jurgen Locadia, looking to finally make a mark for Brighton this season, had the first shot - a first-time effort well saved by Marcus Bettinelli.
Ivan Cavaleiro, at Fulham on a season's loan from Wolves, was looking lively out wide - but Brighton took the lead after 25 minutes.
Marcus Bettinelli escaped sanction after handling the ball away from the marauding Glenn Murray on the left edge of the area.
But punishment followed when Pascal Gross' whipped free-kick found the far corner with Fulham players led by Mitrovic furiously claiming veteran Murray was offside.
Murray himself then saw a close-range effort ruled out for offside before half-time. But Fulham were level just five minutes after the break.
Cairney, who suffered a frustrating campaign scoring just once last term, cut inside from the right and curled a superb left-footed shot past sub keeper Jason Steele.
Fiery forward Abou Kamara, banned from Fulham's training ground last season for two serious breaches of discipline, was back on the bench after a loan to Turkey.
The French striker disgraced himself by snatching the ball from Aleksandar Mitrovic for a crucial penalty he then missed - and for another angry altercation with the Serb during a yoga session.
But he did his prospects a power of good with an instant impact off the bench. Kamara raced clear on the right and after Mitrovic had a go from his first cross Cairney slotted in the rebound.
And only a great save from Steele stopped Mitrovic, after a quick break, from adding to the score.