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Brighton Shuts the Door on Dunk Rumours

The transfer story of the summer so far for Fulham has been their pursuit of highly rated center back Lewis Dunk from Brighton.

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On Monday, the Seagulls announced they had agreed upon a new five year contract with the talented defender. Fulham had unsuccessfully bid multiple times for Dunk, reportedly reaching £5 million most recently.

The news comes as somewhat of a shock as there were rumours that surfaced on Saturday that Dunk had refused to play in Brighton's League Cup match, resulting in him being fined two week's worth of wages. He has only appeared once so far this season out of five matches.

The question remains as who Fulham will turn to in order to shore up their frail defense. Tim Ream was added last week, but he was used mainly as a left back at Bolton, an area of need for us due to the injury of loanee Luke Garbutt. This window there have been some other possible defensive replacements linked to Fulham, including James Tarkowski of Brentford (unlikely due to their own injury issues), James Collins of West Ham, and Tom Lees of Leeds, among others. It will be interesting to see if the club feels they need to add another defender before the deadline, which is rapidly approaching.