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Albion ponder new bid for Dutch defender
10:30am Monday 21st January 2013 in Sport
ALBION are weighing up whether to make an improved offer for highly rated young Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.
Manager Gus Poyet refused to rule out the possibility after The Argus revealed on Friday the Seagulls had an undisclosed bid rejected by Groningen for their Dutch under-21 international centre-half.
Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland have all been linked with the 6ft 4ins van Dijk.
Poyet, quizzed by The Argus about the possibility of a fresh bid, said: “I don’t know. We will think about it. There are too many rumours, too many things, we'll see.”
Poyet has dismissed reports linking Albion once more with Jeremy Balmy, the French teenage midfielder who scored for the Seagulls in a pre-season friendly at Hastings in the summer.
The Seagulls are hoping to resolve international clearance for new striker Leonardo Ulloa in time for the Argentinian to be available at Blackburn tomorrow night.
It did not come through for Ulloa to be in the squad at Birmingham on Saturday, although he took part in the warm-up.
Poyet said: "It’s just paperwork. You never know why it goes so slow but it’s not in my hands."
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