Brighton reject Tottenham offer for Leandro Trossard

Brighton have rejected a verbal offer from Tottenham for Leandro Trossard as they do not want to sell the 28-year-old Belgian forward.

According to Football Insider, Tottenham have been knocked back in their attempts to prise Leandro Trossard from the Amex Stadium. Brighton have reportedly rejected a verbal offer from Spurs for the 28-year-old attacker, as they wish to hold on to him at least until the summer.

Leandro Trossard is gunning to play for one of the big clubs in England as he enters a pivotal phase in his career. Brighton have valued the 28-year-old attacker highly. And he has enjoyed a prominent role under at least two managers.

His original deal with Brighton expires in the summer, but the Seagulls can reportedly extend it by another season. Hence, they remain relaxed about the situation knowing the value will only affect a little between now and June.

Trossard has become a decisive player under new manager Roberto De Zerbi. He has notched seven goals this season, including an impressive hat-trick at Anfield against Liverpool. Looking at his contractual situation, interest from top clubs was naturally expected, with Chelsea one of the early contenders.

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The Blues wanted to initiate talks with Brighton to secure a deal for the 28-year-old attacker. In light of Chelsea signing Joao Felix on a loan deal, they might not pursue a move for Trossard and instead look at other areas for strengthening the squad.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have been ready to step up their pursuit of the Belgian forward, with Antonio Conte keen on beefing up the attack this month. Spurs are also pursuing other players in various positions. And the 28-year-old attacker could become a cost-effective solution to improve their attack.

Tottenham know they cannot get Trossard on a cut-price deal owing to his contractual situation. While they wanted to tread carefully in this pursuit, Spurs have seen a verbal offer get knocked back by Brighton. The proposal’s details are still unclear, but the Seagulls have clarified their stance regarding the forward.

Brighton has no intention of selling the Belgian this month as they seek continuity. Despite Trossard being eager to move away and join a big club, he might have to stick with his current employers for at least the next six months.

Whether Tottenham come back with another approach remains unclear. Conte would want to save time on a fruitless chase. The Tottenham boss might draw up more names to pursue as Spurs remain desperate to add quality to the squad ahead of the second phase of the season.

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