Report: West Ham and Everton planning £5m move for Championship defender

West Ham, Everton and West Brom are reportedly looking to sign Brighton’s Lewis Dunk.

The Mirror claims the three Premier League clubs are planing a £5 million move for the centre-back in the summer, having seen him impress in the second tier.

Despite the Seagulls’ poor season, 23-year-old Dunk has been one of the best defenders in the entire Championship, and has passed the 100-game mark for the South Coast club despite his young age.

Since progressing through their academy and making his league debut in the 2011-12 season, Dunk has established himself as a key member of the Brighton squad, and as one of the most promising youngsters outside the Premier League.

A tall, physical centre-back, Dunk has also proven himself to be an adept goalscorer - with seven strikes to his name this term - and he is currently leading the goal charts for Chris Hughton’s men.

Dunk’s impressive form has seen his reputation rise in the past year, and the Mirror report states that West Ham, Everton and West Brom have all been scouting him for a number of weeks ahead of submitting a formal bid in the summer.

The report claims that Brighton have valued their highly-rated defender at £5 million, and that the three interested parties will be willing to match the value, with the youngster's contract not expiring until the summer of 2018.

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