Report: Newcastle have not made offer for Lewis Dunk, Chris Hughton comments on speculation

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Newcastle have been linked with signing Lewis Dunk this summer.

Newcastle have not made an approach for Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion, according to the Argus.

The Magpies were linked with making a move for Dunk by the Daily Mail earlier today, with the report claiming that Mike Williamson could be offered in exchange for the talented centre-back.

Dunk, 23, is considered one of the best defenders in the Championship, and a Premier League move is surely not too far off. He made 44 appearances in all competitions last term, and incredibly scored seven goals - a remarkably high tally for a centre-back.

He played the entire 90 minutes of the Seagulls' opening day Championship victory over Nottingham Forest this term, although he sat out of Tuesday evening’s League Cup tie with Southend.

His career is on an upward path, and Newcastle’s interest makes sense given their lack of top class central defenders at the current moment in time.

However, the Argus report indicates that the Tyneside club have not made an approach for Dunk, with manager Chris Hughton commenting on the reported transfer.

The boss said: “As far as I know it is speculation. It's certainly not the first time and it won't be the last time there is speculation about a player. He's a Brighton player, he's trained well and that's always the best way to approach it.”

There is no indication as to whether the Magpies intend to formalise their interest in Dunk in the coming weeks, but with just over two weeks of the transfer window left, they will have to move fast to secure a deal before the window slams shut.

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