BRIGHTON have broken their silence over unsettled holding midfielder Liam Bridcutt to confirm they have turned down a firm bid from Sunderland for the 24-year-old.
Black Cats’ head coach Gus Poyet is known to be a big admirer of the former Chelsea trainee he helped to develop in his time in charge at the Amex Stadium.
And both Sunderland and Brighton have been coy over the situation.
But the Scottish international’s decision to hand in a transfer request to the Championship club at the start of this week has upped the ante.
And having originally refused to comment, the Seagulls have confirmed that Bridcutt’s request has been dismissed.
A statement from the club said: “Further to reports in the media, Brighton & Hove Albion can confirm that a transfer request from Liam Bridcutt was received on Tuesday afternoon and has subsequently been rejected by the club.
“At this stage the club does not wish to make any further comment on this matter.”
Poyet has remained tight-lipped over Bridcutt, or any other potential signing for that matter.
But his interest in Bridcutt is taken as read and it is believed that Brighton have already rejected a £2m plus bid for the player.