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Brighton have revealed they have rejected a transfer request from Sunderland target Liam Bridcutt.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet wants to raid his former club for the 24-year-old midfielder and the ex-Chelsea trainee has tried to force the issue by asking for a move away from the Amex Stadium.
However, after originally refusing to comment, the Seagulls have confirmed that Bridcutt's request has been denied.
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Gus Poyet seems to be a popular appointment as Sunderland manager, but one of his former Brighton players described him as "the worst person" in football last month.
Ex-Spanish international Vicente, who spent last season on the south coast, does not rate Poyet's top flight credentials.
– Spanish winger Vicente speaking to the Sun newspaper
I do not know if he could manage in the Premier League. I have my doubts. He is the worst person I have come across in football. He is a selfish person, very egocentric. I say that because this is how I feel. If you miss with a shot in training he makes fun — that is unacceptable.
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PA Sport understands a proposed move to Brighton for Leicester defender Paul Konchesky has fallen though.
The former England international's wages are thought to have been a stumbling block but the left-back also preferred to remain with the Foxes rather than join their Sky Bet Championship rivals.