Albion ponder new bid for Dutch defender

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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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10:57am Mon 21 Jan 13

Hovite says...

Go for it, if he is that good we can sell him at a profit if we need to.
Go for it, if he is that good we can sell him at a profit if we need to. Hovite
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11:17am Mon 21 Jan 13

Gazza by the sea says...

Do it Gus. You know we need him.
Do it Gus. You know we need him. Gazza by the sea
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11:24am Mon 21 Jan 13

Seagull83 says...

I know we are currently making losses and have just spent out 2m on a striker but thnk we really should go for this one if possible.

He'd be an instant upgrade and whilst our defence is one of the tightest in the Division. I really think a tall mobile defender will help us a lot in moving out from defence and relieving pressure, we also need a CB who will bring 5 goals a season to the team which neither of our first choice CB's ever look likely doing. It would be good preperation for the Premier League as well.

From reading reports in Holland it sounds as if whilst he wanted a top flight team, no offers have been made and he would be happy to move to Brighton as it would be a step up in terms of level of football and wages. It would also put him in the shop window for Premier League sides more.

He's a Dutch U21 (if players make U21 level you can be generally sure they'll be considered for the National Team) centre back so in the future it is more likely we'll make money on him rather than lose it.
I know we are currently making losses and have just spent out 2m on a striker but thnk we really should go for this one if possible. He'd be an instant upgrade and whilst our defence is one of the tightest in the Division. I really think a tall mobile defender will help us a lot in moving out from defence and relieving pressure, we also need a CB who will bring 5 goals a season to the team which neither of our first choice CB's ever look likely doing. It would be good preperation for the Premier League as well. From reading reports in Holland it sounds as if whilst he wanted a top flight team, no offers have been made and he would be happy to move to Brighton as it would be a step up in terms of level of football and wages. It would also put him in the shop window for Premier League sides more. He's a Dutch U21 (if players make U21 level you can be generally sure they'll be considered for the National Team) centre back so in the future it is more likely we'll make money on him rather than lose it. Seagull83
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11:38am Mon 21 Jan 13

Yogi says...

Totally agree with these comments. His signing would be a big bonus.
Totally agree with these comments. His signing would be a big bonus. Yogi
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11:52am Mon 21 Jan 13

LACHANCE says...

Go for it we need him.Gus all ways plays a game close to his chest and quite right too.
Go for it we need him.Gus all ways plays a game close to his chest and quite right too. LACHANCE
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12:22pm Mon 21 Jan 13

7Rookie says...

Seagull83 wrote:
I know we are currently making losses and have just spent out 2m on a striker but thnk we really should go for this one if possible.

He'd be an instant upgrade and whilst our defence is one of the tightest in the Division. I really think a tall mobile defender will help us a lot in moving out from defence and relieving pressure, we also need a CB who will bring 5 goals a season to the team which neither of our first choice CB's ever look likely doing. It would be good preperation for the Premier League as well.

From reading reports in Holland it sounds as if whilst he wanted a top flight team, no offers have been made and he would be happy to move to Brighton as it would be a step up in terms of level of football and wages. It would also put him in the shop window for Premier League sides more.

He's a Dutch U21 (if players make U21 level you can be generally sure they'll be considered for the National Team) centre back so in the future it is more likely we'll make money on him rather than lose it.
Roland Bergkamp played for the Dutch u21 - nothing can be taken for granted!

He does sound like and if youtube is anything to go by a quality player though
[quote][p][bold]Seagull83[/bold] wrote: I know we are currently making losses and have just spent out 2m on a striker but thnk we really should go for this one if possible. He'd be an instant upgrade and whilst our defence is one of the tightest in the Division. I really think a tall mobile defender will help us a lot in moving out from defence and relieving pressure, we also need a CB who will bring 5 goals a season to the team which neither of our first choice CB's ever look likely doing. It would be good preperation for the Premier League as well. From reading reports in Holland it sounds as if whilst he wanted a top flight team, no offers have been made and he would be happy to move to Brighton as it would be a step up in terms of level of football and wages. It would also put him in the shop window for Premier League sides more. He's a Dutch U21 (if players make U21 level you can be generally sure they'll be considered for the National Team) centre back so in the future it is more likely we'll make money on him rather than lose it.[/p][/quote]Roland Bergkamp played for the Dutch u21 - nothing can be taken for granted! He does sound like and if youtube is anything to go by a quality player though 7Rookie
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1:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

Players are brougth in or let go according the the teams needs, we have a need. If Dijk has been identified as the right player for our team, if he fills our need then we should make an improved offer.
It stands to reason that there isn't another player at a lower price that would meet our needs so if we are to plug the gap in the squad the question of a improved offer is a no brainer.

We can't offer more than we can afford but we should offer all that we can afford and if that's not enough then so be it.,
Players are brougth in or let go according the the teams needs, we have a need. If Dijk has been identified as the right player for our team, if he fills our need then we should make an improved offer. It stands to reason that there isn't another player at a lower price that would meet our needs so if we are to plug the gap in the squad the question of a improved offer is a no brainer. We can't offer more than we can afford but we should offer all that we can afford and if that's not enough then so be it., VegasSeagull
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7:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

seagull31 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Players are brougth in or let go according the the teams needs, we have a need. If Dijk has been identified as the right player for our team, if he fills our need then we should make an improved offer.
It stands to reason that there isn't another player at a lower price that would meet our needs so if we are to plug the gap in the squad the question of a improved offer is a no brainer.

We can't offer more than we can afford but we should offer all that we can afford and if that's not enough then so be it.,
Don't understand what you mean, it stands to reason that there isn't another player at a lower price? Why is that?

Not sure if this has already been covered but has anyone really understood the 8m loss and whether that is a real loss or just prudent accounting? I.e. putting lots of development costs through now which will make future years (covered by the financial fair play rules) look better. Surely other things being equal our big attendances and sensible(ish) wage structure should make us very competitive when the new rules come in.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Players are brougth in or let go according the the teams needs, we have a need. If Dijk has been identified as the right player for our team, if he fills our need then we should make an improved offer. It stands to reason that there isn't another player at a lower price that would meet our needs so if we are to plug the gap in the squad the question of a improved offer is a no brainer. We can't offer more than we can afford but we should offer all that we can afford and if that's not enough then so be it.,[/p][/quote]Don't understand what you mean, it stands to reason that there isn't another player at a lower price? Why is that? Not sure if this has already been covered but has anyone really understood the 8m loss and whether that is a real loss or just prudent accounting? I.e. putting lots of development costs through now which will make future years (covered by the financial fair play rules) look better. Surely other things being equal our big attendances and sensible(ish) wage structure should make us very competitive when the new rules come in. seagull31
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2:12am Tue 22 Jan 13

Captain Haddock says...

Really like the sound of this Dutch fella. Get him in for £2m approx and we have our Prem Lge upgrade with time to spare.
Really like the sound of this Dutch fella. Get him in for £2m approx and we have our Prem Lge upgrade with time to spare. Captain Haddock
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