Brighton and Hove Albion have snubbed an offer from an unnamed club for highly-rated defender Lewis Dunk, according to reports.
The Argus claimed that the bid has been rejected for the 24-year-old despite keen interest from several clubs including Crystal Palace, Everton and Newcastle United.
The Mirror have also previously reported that Brighton were looking to hold out for at least £10million instead.
Dunk was a key figure head in Brighton’s defence and made 39 appearances for the club along with scoring 4 goals last season.
But Brighton’s chief executive, Paul Barber, has now revealed that the club will turn down all offers for one of their main players as they bid to secure promotion to the Premier League next season.
“We have received a bid for Lewis Dunk and it has been very firmly rejected without any discussion,” Barber told The Argus.
“We are very busy assembling – and soon we will be preparing – our squad for another attempt at securing promotion to the Premier League, our key ambition, so we have no intention of selling Lewis who has been, and remains, a key part of our squad.”
The Seagulls certainly showed their intentions in keeping hold of Dunk last summer as they reportedly rejected another £5million offer from fellow Championship side Fulham.
With Crystal Palace looking to miss out on Dunk they can take some consolation from the fact that duo Julio Speroni and Damien Delaney have both signed new deals to stay at Selhurst Park for the upcoming season.