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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 15:53 GMT
Brighton reject record Zamora bid
Bobby Zamora
Zamora (c) wants to stay on the South Coast
Brighton have rejected a club record 1.5m bid from Wigan for striker Bobby Zamora as it was "not in the best interests of (the) Seagulls' supporters".

The star was signed from Bristol Rovers in the summer for a bargain 100,000 and has notched 20 goals since joining the Third Division club.

The fee would have been a record for any player in the division and for Brighton.

But Albion chief executive Martin Perry said the 20-year-old was worth more to the club than the transfer cash.

The way we're going, I think I'd be silly to leave
  Bobby Zamora
"We turned down the bid in the best interest of the club, the player and our supporters," he said.

Brighton also turned down a 1.2m offer from Cardiff before Christmas.

Barking-born Zamora, who has recently bought a house in Sussex, says he is happy to stay with the club that is chasing promotion to the same division as Wigan.

"The way we're going, I think I'd be silly to leave. I'd like to see out my contract at Brighton," he said.

Celtic and a host of Premiership teams are said to be watching the former West Ham schoolboy.

Bradford, Ipswich, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Southampton, Tottenham and West Ham are all said to be interested.

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