BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION have rejected a transfer request from Liam Bridcutt.

Gus Poyet, the Sunderland manager, wants to raid his former club for the 24-year-old midfielder and the Scotland internationalist has tried to force the issue by requesting a move away from the Amex Stadium.

However, after they had originally offered no comment, Brighton have now confirmed that Bridcutt's request has been denied.

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"Further to reports in today's media, Brighton & Hove Albion can confirm that a transfer request from Liam Bridcutt was received and subsequently has been rejected by the club," a statement said. "At this stage the club does not wish to make any further comment on this matter."