Leeds and Bournemouth track Rob Hunt

Brighton's Rob Hunt in action with Colchester's Brennan Dickenson

HITC Sport understands Bournemouth and Leeds are tracking the Brighton defender, who is on loan at Oldham.

Brighton's Rob Hunt in action with Colchester's Brennan DickensonBrighton's Rob Hunt in action with Colchester's Brennan Dickenson

Brighton and Hove Albion defender Rob Hunt is attracting interest from Bournemouth and Leeds United after impressing on loan at Oldham Athletic, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Hunt is on loan at League One Oldham until the end of the season after joining from Brighton during the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old is highly-rated at Brighton after progressing through the Seagulls' youth academy and making his first-team debut earlier this season. The club handed him a new deal last October until 2018.

Hunt made eight appearances in all competitions for Brighton this season and he has caught the eye when given the opportunity in Chris Hughton's first-team.

Brighton manager Chris HughtonBrighton manager Chris Hughton

However, with Brighton captain Bruno first-choice right-back at the Amex Stadium Hunt has found his first-team chances limited and Brighton felt the best thing for his development was to go out on loan in the second half of the season to get regular first-team football under his belt.

Hunt has impressed at Oldham and the full-back has played a key role in helping the side climb out of the relegation drop zone in League One with the Latics currently on a four-game unbeaten run.

Hunt's performances for Brighton and Oldham so far this season have not gone unnoticed and scouts from Bournemouth and Leeds have been keeping a regular check on his progress.

The defender's versatility in that he can play right-back or left-back has made him an attractive proposition to his suitors and Brighton could face a fight to keep hold of the defender in the summer.

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