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Brighton & Hove Albion trio close to new deals

Brighton boss Gus Poyet
Poyet took charge of Brighton in November 2009

Brighton manager Gus Poyet says midfielders Liam Bridcutt and Gary Dicker and striker Glenn Murray are all close to agreeing new deals.

The trio are among 13 Albion players whose current contracts are due to expire at the end of the season.

Poyet told BBC Sussex: "We know where we want to go with them.

"Those three have been playing all the time and helping the team to where it is. We'll have individual situations resolved in the next few weeks."

Bridcutt, 21, joined the Seagulls at the beginning of the season after being released by Chelsea, while Dicker, 24, made the move from Stockport in the summer of 2009.

Former Carlisle and Rochdale man Murray, 27, has hit 17 goals in 39 games for Albion this season.

"Glenn is an easy case because he is a striker who has scored 17 goals and is free in three months time," said Poyet.

"It's putting pressure on the club. The club know that and has been dealing with that. At the same time, he is in a great position for his future.

"Players who are finishing their contracts are free now and they could have other options.

"I don't forget that. The players may say they are not in a hurry. It depends on your character as well. If it was me, I wouldn't sign."

Brighton currently sit top of League One, four points clear of second-placed Bournemouth with two games in hand.

"There are two options. We collapse or we go up," added Poyet.

"You need to be very smart about it. People think if they are good enough they should sign contracts.

"It's not easy. We'll try to manage it individually so the players know where they stand."

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El-Abd agrees contract extension
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Sandaza wants new Brighton deal
23 Feb 11 |  Brighton
Dicker plays down transfer talk
10 Feb 11 |  Brighton
Promotion is in our hands - Poyet
07 Feb 11 |  Brighton
Murray hints at new Brighton deal
30 Dec 10 |  Brighton
Bridcutt signs Brighton extension
05 Nov 10 |  Brighton

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