It’s believed the Seagulls haven’t actually entered into negotiations for the Blackburn defender but do remain very confident on acquiring his services.

Albion could pay up to £4m for the Northern Ireland defender.

Albion could pay up to £4m for the Northern Ireland defender.

Albion have already seen two bids for the stopper rejected and are fully aware for the need for more defensive options during the season with Saturday’s trip to Newcastle set to really examine the Albion backline.

Duffy who has just a year left on his contract and has rejected a deal offered to him by Rovers is thought to be keen on a switch to the South Coast, but it is believed Duffy won’t be making a switch until at least after the weekend.

Another option for the Albion is West Ham’s 19-year-old startlet Reece Burke, with both the club and player believed to be keen on him gaining some loan experience having recently signed a four year deal with the hammers.

Last year's Bradford Player of the Year, Reece Burke is very highly rated.

Last year’s Bradford Player of the Year, Reece Burke is very highly rated.

Furthermore Bradley Dack may well be back on the Albion’s radar. It’s believed Albion representatives were present during Gillingham’s shock League Cup victory over Premier League side Watford. This has renewed rumours that Albion may be looking to obtain the Kent club’s exciting attacker.