Rohan Ince flattered by Newcastle, West Ham speculation, Hughton reacts to rumours

Brighton midfielder Rohan Ince is flattered by recent speculation about him, but manager Chris Hughton says he's going nowhere.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton and midfielder Rohan Ince have both spoken to The Argus about speculation linking Ince with a move to the Premier League.

Ince, 22, joined the Chelsea academy at the age of seven, and despite only leaving permanently in 2013, Ince never played a game for the Blues.

Instead, Ince moved on to play for Brighton and Hove Albion, and with 69 appearances in the last two seasons, Ince has established himself as a regular at the Amex Stadium.

The powerful defensive midfielder as the subject of speculation last month, the Daily Mail suggesting that Liverpool, Newcastle, West Brom and West Ham were all keeping tabs on Ince ahead of a possible summer move to bring him back to the Premier League.

Now, Ince has told local newspaper The Argus that it's an honour to be linked with those clubs - but he's focusing on playing for Brighton.

"It’s flattering to be linked with those teams, big clubs in the Premier League where every player wants to play, but at the moment I am just concentrating on Brighton," said Ince. "Ideally you want to be where you are playing football. I am playing so I’m happy."

Manager Chris Hughton, who played for West Ham and managed Newcastle, says that Ince still has plenty of developing to go before he is ready to play in the top flight.

"I think any link with Rohan with the Premier League at the moment is absolutely speculation. He is somebody that is still developing his game," he told The Argus.

It seems that Brighton are intent on keeping Ince at the club, but should a Premier League side come calling this summer, it may be difficult for the Seagulls - and Ince - to say no.

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