Albion centre-back Lewis Dunk is ‘highly unlikely’ to leave the club this transfer window according to sources close to Seagulls Manager Chris Hughton.
Speculation that West Bromwich Albion have tabled a £7 million bid for the Seagulls youngster has intensified the spotlight on the Albion’s depleted options at centre half.
The club are likely to consider the Baggies offer for the Brighton born defender but are highly unlikely to accept any potential switch for Dunk this summer regardless of the fee. Crystal Palace had of course tabled a lower bid of around £5 million earlier in the window which was rejected.
Dunk now 24, is the Seagulls only recognised senior centre back with Connor Goldson and Uwe Hunemeier still recovering from long term injuries with former club captain Gordon Greer being released in June.
If anything this area of the pitch is likely to be bolstered in the coming weeks with Hughton concerned with the lack of options at the heart of his defence. Norwich captain Russell Martin had been linked with a sensational switch to the Amex a fortnight ago but that interest has seemingly cooled. It’s now believed that Hughton has turned his attentions to Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy who enjoyed a strong Euro 2016 campaign for his country. Reports circulating today are that the Seagulls have in fact offered Blackburn Rovers around £3.5 million for the 6’4″ defender. Albion do however face tough competition for Duffy’s signature from Premier League outfits Middlesborough and Swansea respectively.
Do you think Hughton would let Dunk go if the offer was big enough? What do you think of a potential Dunk-Duffy partnership?