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Albion braced for interest in marksman Ulloa
Albion are bracing themselves for a summer of speculation surrounding the future of Leo Ulloa.
Premier League clubs are interested in the Argentinian target man, The Argus understands.
The Seagulls have reportedly already rejected a £3 million bid for Ulloa from top-flight newcomers Leicester City.
Others are monitoring the situation but Ulloa’s ex-boss Gus Poyet has yet to make another move for one of his former players after taking Liam Bridcutt from Albion to Sunderland in January.
Ulloa has scored 23 goals in 50 Championship appearances, and 26 in 58 games in total, since Albion bought him in January last year when Poyet was manager for around £2 million from Spanish club Almeria.
He has attracted attention not just for his goals but also his all-round contribution as a lone centre-forward battling against twin centre-halves.
Ulloa has three years left on his contract and has settled on the South Coast with his family as he waits to discover who his third boss will be following the resignation of Oscar Garcia.
A spokesman for Ulloa told The Argus: “We are aware there is interest in him. We are not surprised, based on his record and the type of player he is. They are hard to find.
“He is contracted to the club and the decision is really up to them. He is ambitious to play as high as possible, like any player. Hopefully that will be with Brighton.”
Meanwhile, fitness coach Juan Torrijo, who arrived from Spain and Israel with Oscar, is parting company with Albion.
The future of goalkeeping coach Ruben Martinez, the other member of the backroom team Oscar brought with him, is unclear.
Former Norwich and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is the new favourite with bookmakers to succeed Oscar at the Amex, ahead of Paul Clement and Tim Sherwood, after revealing yesterday he would be prepared to drop back into the Championship.
Neil Lennon is a 10-1 chance after quitting Celtic.
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