Brighton Hove Albion Manager Gus Poyet has told any club’s considering making a move for Lewis Dunk that he will not come cheap.
Dunk came through the club’s Apprenticeship programme in 2010 and has become a regular fixture in their defence this season.
Arsenal and Manchester City are both reportedly interested in the player and Harry Redknapp’s right-hand men Joe Jordan and Clive Allen were spotted watching the 19 year-old in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Millwall.
Dunk’s performances in the Championship have also caught the attention of Stuart Pearce with the player rumoured to be in line for an England Under 21 call-up in the near future.
But Brighton boss Poyet has warned that he will expect to receive top dollar before Dunk is allowed to leave the Amex.
“They will have to pay. Everybody has got a price and Dunky has got a price, because he is in the team and because of the way he is playing,” he said.
“Sometimes you can’t keep players forever.”
“If that happens and he is going to play in the Premier League that is something I cannot control.”