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Brighton boss Gus Poyet warns Lewis Dunk suitors

Lewis Dunk
Dunk has made just 17 first team apperances in his senior career.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet says any Premier League club interested in central defender Lewis Dunk will have to pay a high price.

The 19-year-old has started all of Albion's games this season.

Poyet told BBC Sussex: "Sometimes you cannot keep players forever. We couldn't do it with Andrew Crofts or Elliott Bennett.

"They'll have to pay. I'm not bothered. Everybody's got a price. Dunky has got his price because of the way he plays."

Poyet added: "If he goes to play in the Premier League, I can't control that. I can control him while he's here, and make sure he does his basics."

Dunk graduated through Albion's Centre of Excellence and Scolarship system, and was offered his first professional contract in April 2010, having made his first-team debut in the penultimate game of the 2009/10 season.

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