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Brighton & Hove Albion have already turned down a number of offers for German striker Deniz Undav, TEAMtalk understands.
Undav was top scorer in Belgium’s top flight last season with 25 goals in 33 games.
Brighton signed striker Undav from Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise for a fee of just under £6m in January. He penned a four-and-a-half year contract at the Amex Stadium with the Seagulls allowing him to stay on loan with Union.
Union are a sister club of Brighton, as they are also owned by Tony Bloom. But Undav, 25, is now ready for his first taste of Premier League football.
“From D3 to the Pro League and then to the Premier League, those are two big steps, so I’m just happy. Every time I think about it, I’m happy.
“When I think about the season, I smile. Now I can test myself at the highest level. It’s not quick; it’s gone the way I wanted it to go,” he told RBTF last month.
But now Albion and Graham Potter are set to afford the striker a chance in the top flight.
TEAMtalk understands Brighton have rebuffed a host of enquiries from home and abroad for the former SV Meppen attacker.
A host of Championship clubs have asked about 27-goal Undav, as well as teams in Belgium and his native Germany.
Brighton though have made it clear that at this stage they have no intention of letting him go.
Deniz Undav ‘has had to fight’
Potter is well aware where he needs to improve his side with only 42 goals scored last season. Only one team outside the bottom four scored less goals than Brighton from their 38 games.
Neal Maupay top scored in the league with nine, while Leandro Trossard managed eight from 35 games.
And while Potter is not banking on Undav being a “silver bullet” he has championed his qualities.
“He’s had a really interesting career, he’s had to fight a lot to get where he is now and that shows a lot about his character,” said Potter in February.
“He’s doing well in Belgium and he brings qualities which can be used in our group. And he’s a goalscorer who makes players better around him.
“I’m not saying he’s a silver bullet, the answer to any problems but he wants to help the team. He will have to adapt to the Premier League but it’s exciting.”
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