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Brighton fine Fulham-linked Lewis Dunk for missing cup clash with Southend

Lewis Dunk was fined two weeks' wages by Brighton for refusing to play in the recent Capital One Cup win at Southend United, HITC Sport has learnt.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Lewis Dunk's future at Brighton Hove & Albion has taken a new twist after he was fined two weeks' wages for refusing to play against Southend in the Capital One Cup earlier this month.

Dunk has been the subject of several failed bids from Fulham, with Brighton rejecting their most recent offer of £5million.

The 23-year-old has been left on the bench for Brighton's last three games as talk over his future continues to intensify, with the transfer window still having 10 days to run.

Dunk's situation is threatening to overshadow Brighton's fine start to the Championship season with it now being revealed that the talented defender has been fined two weeks' wages for going on strike for the League Cup clash at Southend - which Brighton won 1-0.

Fulham boss Kit Symons has made Dunk his top target as he looks to shore up his side's rearguard and remains determined to land him despite Brighton's latest rejection.

Brighton are reluctant to lose Dunk as they hold out for their valuation to be met for the player who has established himself as one of the best young defenders in the country.

However, Fulham are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Dunk and are expected to make an improved offer before the transfer window closes.

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