Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens has handed in a transfer request in order to push through a deadline day move, according to Sky Sports (10.44am).
However, shortly afterwards, Andy Naylor of the Argus confirmed that the request was rejected and that the club had also rejected a sixth bid for the player.
It was reported recently that Premier League duo Burnley and Hull are interested in the player, with the former having a £7 million bid for the player rejected on Tuesday. That was the fifth in a succession of bids from the Clarets, who are trying to replace the instrumental Joey Barton.
They’ve already broke their transfer record once this window, with Steven Defour arriving from Anderlecht, and are set to do so again by signing Jeff Hendrick from Derby, so another high-quality central midfielder coming in will leave them blessed in that position.
Hull are also after more reinforcements after an injury crisis left them struggling to name seven substitutes in their opening Premier League game. Mike Phelan has brought in David Marshall and Ryan Mason on Tuesday, and another signing is likely to be a massive boost to the confidence of the fans.
Stephens, who formed a formidable partnership with Biram Kayal that almost saw them promoted to the Premier League last season, has been out of favour this season, with Chris Hughton preferring new signings Oliver Norwood & Steve Sidwell in partnership with Kayal, limiting the 26-year to just one start.
He signed for Brighton in January 2014, and has made 77 appearances for the Seagulls, and has previously played for Charlton, Southampton, Oldham and Bury.
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