Sami Hyypia expects Lewis Dunk interest

Lewis Dunk of Brighton during the pre season friendly match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City at The Amex Stadium on July 30, 2013
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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypia is expecting to face a battle to keep hold of defender Lewis Dunk during the January transfer window.

Sami Hyypia has admitted that he is expecting interest from Premier League sides for Lewis Dunk during the upcoming January transfer window.

Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur have both reportedly sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old defender in action with Brighton & Hove Albion in recent weeks.

The manager told The Express: "I'm very happy that he is playing well and he has been a very important player for us.

"I would be surprised if the interest wasn't there but I hope he stays here and keeps playing like he's playing. It's very important you keep your best players.

"I know it's not always easy to do that and the players sometimes have different ideas or goals they want to achieve but we are trying to do everything we can to keep the best players here."

Dunk has scored five goals in 14 appearances so far this season.

Sami Hyypia the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Andrews (stadium) on August 16, 2014
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