Report: Brighton make £2m bid for Blackburn defender

Shane Duffy of Blackburn Rovers

The Seagulls are one of a number of clubs reportedly chasing the centre-back's signature.

Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy celebrates at the end of the matchShane Duffy

Brighton have reportedly made a £2m bid for Blackburn Rovers centre-back Shane Duffy, according to The Irish Sun.

The 24-year-old has been attracting plenty of attention this summer following an excellent season at Ewood Park which saw him earn a place in the Republic of Ireland's squad for the European Championships. 

Shane Duffy celebrates scoring the first goal for Blackburn

The Irish Sun reports that both Wolves and Celtic have been monitoring the defender's situation, though Rovers boss Owen Coyle recently insisted that the latter had not made a move following intense speculation.

Perhaps fearing that another interested club will swoop in, Brighton have seemingly cemented their interest with a bid for the former Everton man as they look to build on the promise they showed last season.

Brighton manager Chris HughtonBrighton manager Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton's men finished the regular campaign third in the table - having only missed out on automatic-promotion on the final day - but the disappointment of coming so close appeared to linger as they were beaten in the play-off semi-final by Sheffield Wednesday.

But with Lewis Dunk being linked with a Premier League switch (via Express and Star), Hughton will know that getting an adequate replacement in could be crucial to their promotion hopes this time around. 

Shane Duffy of Blackburn Rovers

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