David Martot has turned down ambitious bids by Lewes and Crawley to take him into the Blue Square premier.

The out-of-contract Le Havre midfielder, who played on loan at Albion last season, is keen to continue his career in England.

He has set sights on League One football, ideally back with the Seagulls under new boss Micky Adams.

Lewes, who are remaining part-time next season, were keen to make the Frenchman a centrepiece of their new-look team.

Martot said he was unwilling to step down but that he would be happy to train in pre-season with the Rooks if he was still looking for a new club.

He said: "We talked about it but my ambitions are higher than that. Maybe if I was a young player or I was just winding down my career it would be interesting but I believe I can do a lot more. They were only talking about two training sessions a week."

It is also unlikely Martot and Lewes would be able to reach agreement on wages.

Martot confirmed he had also been in contact with Crawley but said: "It was not really serious. If I come back to England I want it to be in League One."

The 27-year-old, who played for Le Havre alongside Lassana Diarra, would love to return to Withdean under Adams.

He said: "I've left my details for the new manager. If he wants to talk to me, no problems.

"Even if he signed me for six months until January, I could show what I can do and that I'm a battler."