Crystal Palace are scouting Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, the Daily Mail reports.
The 24-year-old has been targeted by Alan Pardew’s side, although a move to Selhurst Park is unlikely to happen until the summer.
Brighton do not want to lose one of their key figures, and Palace are willing to continue scouting him ahead of making a move for the defender in the summer.
Dunk is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Championship, having progressed through Brighton’s academy to make 131 appearances for the club.
He has featured 22 times in all competitions last term, and occasionally captains the side, and is held in very high regard by Chris Hughton and the Seagulls’ management.
Dunk enjoyed one of his best seasons with Brighton last term, when he added a goalscoring side to his game which didn’t exist before. He netted seven times in 44 games, and many expected him to make the jump to the Premier League over the summer.
However, he remained with Brighton, and was a key figure in their unbeaten start to the season. The South Coast club have dropped off recently, but they are still contenders for promotion, and Hughton doesn’t want to sell any key figures this month.
Regardless, Palace are keen on the centre-back, and will look to make a move in the summer.