A former Albion favourite has revealed his hope that Leo Ulloa does not follow him out of the exit at the Amex.

Andrea Orlandi has hailed the Argentinean’s “massive” impact in the Seagulls’ back-to-back play-off campaigns.

And he hopes big money does not prise him away to the Premier League.

Leicester City have made at least three bids for the 16-goal striker but they are still well short of the asking price, reported to be close to £10million.

Orlandi, who was surprised to be let go by Albion at the end of last season, said: “Leo has been massive for us.

“He became our main man in scoring a lot of goals and we relied on him a lot.

“Especially when in some games trying to play long balls to him and his skills and strength have been really, really important.

“I think Brighton should keep them but I am not sure they are going to.”

Albion are in no rush to sell one of their prized assets.

Chairman Tony Bloom and chief executive Paul Barber continue to weigh up candidates for their vacant managerial post.

Meanwhile, Orlandi has yet to decide his next move.

He said: “I am on holiday at the moment so I do not have any reason to come back just yet.

“I will start looking at things in a week or so and decide what my options are.

“If I have options to come back to England I would be really pleased.”

Albion are still well placed to bring back Stephen Ward, the Republic of Ireland left-back who is not wanted by Wolves.

Ward helped his nation to a 0-0 friendly draw with Italy on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes.

His compatriot Keith Andrews, out of favour at Bolton, is being linked with a move to Huddersfield.

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed head of scouting and recruitment Mervyn Day has been made redundant.